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AUDIO: Mom's Health Matters, With Dr. Shosh - Episode #3

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" And sometimes in the telling, the relief finds its way to the woman.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
You know, Susan, that is such a good point. It’s therapeutic, it’s not necessarily therapy per se, but it’s so therapeutic for the woman. There’s some healing that goes along, isn’t it? Just as you said with the telling of the story.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Right, it's so validating to share that with other women. We can go, "Oh yes, I didn’t know I was going to have a C-section either. I wish somebody had told me." And all of a sudden, you know, "This was what was happening, and I was reeled off to the operating room." And she wasn’t prepared for that.

So sometimes just reliving it, if it was at all traumatic, that can be extremely helpful. But for women who go beyond the baby blues, which is that period of weepiness and hyper-emotionality after pregnancy, after delivery, if those symptoms persist and worsen, then it may be time to go and get an evaluation.

Hopefully your obstetrician or your primary care physician could offer you a referral to someone who can give you a little evaluation which might include the Engberg postnatal depression screening scale.

All right, and that’s a very simply administered test of a few questions that are very key and extremely reliable in helping us find out what a woman is experiencing. Is it a more serious postpartum mood disorder?

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
And where would you ideally, what would you suggest or who do you suggest the woman speaks to? Who should that referral be to?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Ideally, a practitioner who is trained in perinatal mood disorders. And as you know, Shoshana, with all the training and the effort that you have invested and that I have invested, this is a true specialty, and all the time you hear women who went to, who in good faith call their doctor, call their obstetrician, call their pediatrician, and as well meaning as all these healthcare practitioners are, they are not familiar sometimes with the nuances of how these disorders develop.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:

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