Nurse Carole Sheehan discusses how often women are diagnosed with postpartum depression (PPD).
Nurse Carole Sheehan:
We think that it occurs in any range of 10 to 25% of women. There have been studies all over the world and those are generally the numbers that are cited. However, what we don’t know is all of the women who aren’t being screened and its occurrence. We only know from the literature in which programs exist and screening has occurred that the rates can be as high as 25%.
There are pockets where it’s even higher in women who are single mother, head of household, African-American women, women who have no social support and are isolated. So, it’s a general parameter, and it can be higher than the 25% that’s been given as an average in the literature.
About Carole Sheehan, M.A., R.N.:
Carole Sheehan is a nurse at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona and the founder of the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition. She works to raise awareness about PPD and introduce screening as a method of prevention through prenatal visits. She also encourages the distribution of information about PPD to pregnant women so they have the tools and resources to get help when they need it.