Depression increase among new moms during coronavirus era prompts South Bay mental health expansion – Daily News

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A 5% surge in cases of depression among new moms this year has prompted Providence Southern California to expand a model maternal mental health program that started in Orange County to the South Bay and San Fernando Valley, the medical provider said.

Usually about 15% of mothers are diagnosed with post-partum depression, but this year doctors are seeing depression in 1 in every 5 mothers at its dozen hospitals in the region.

“A year dominated by a pandemic, social unrest, very divisive politics and now massive fires fulfilling climate change prophecies is pushing up those numbers,” Providence said in a press release. “The ‘baby blues’ are common, but when the condition doesn’t go away in a matter of days, women need clinical help.”

State law requires obstetricians to screen maternity patients for depression. Providence’s hospitals in Southern California see about 31,000 births annually.

The expansion is being funded in part by a $600,000 grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield that will pay for six additional therapists.

 



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