Pregnancy-related depression and anxiety (PRD) is the most common problem of pregnancy, affecting about one in seven women in the United States. PRD can occur at any time during pregnancy and/or within the first year of having a baby. It may also happen after a pregnancy loss or adopting a baby. PRD is different from the "baby blues", which tend to go away on their own within two weeks after the loss or birth of a child. PRD is a serious condition that affects a woman's physical and mental health, and does not usually get better on its own. However, PRD is treatable with self-care, socialsupport from friends and family, counseling and/or medication.
PRD and Parenting
Parenting doesn't always turn out the way we expected, and PRD symptoms can make parenting feel even harder. PRD symptoms may get in the way of feeling close to your baby the way you imagined. Having ideas of things to do with your baby can help. The following links provide tips for interacting with your baby. Trying some of these activities may help you feel better, and can help with your baby's development:
We are improving women's mental health by encouraging health care providers to screen women for PRD during prenatal doctor visits (before giving birth), postpartum doctor visits (after giving birth), and at well child visits. Several different tools can be used to check for PRD, including the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale and the Patient Health Questionnaire. Screening helps to start the conversation about PRD, identify symptoms early and discuss options to treat PRD symptoms when needed. These results are confidential, just like the rest of your medical record, so try to be honest with your doctor.
Many resources are available to help women with PRD. Please reach out if you or someone you love could use help.
One of the best ways to determine the health and well-being of our community is to guarantee the health of babies in their first year of life. Many factors influence this, including the health of the mother, the father and the overall well-being of the community in which they live.
We are focused on saving babies because everyone deserves a first birthday!
Safe Sleep for Babies
Where your baby sleeps is something you will think about many times a day.
In the United States, about 3,500 babies die each year due to unsafe sleep. In Denver, babies born to black women are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white (non-Hispanic) women. Infants born to Hispanic women are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white (non-Hispanic) women.
Learn more about making sure all babies are able to celebrate their first birthday, and see tips on keeping your baby safe while they are sleeping:
Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for babies and mothers. When babies can breastfeed for longer, they receive valuable protection against many chronic illnesses, including obesity and diabetes. Providing a breastfeeding friendly public space and supporting breastfeeding families can help improve the health of the entire community. We can all work together to help breastfeeding mothers be successful.
Breastfeeding mothers can face obstacles that can make a difference in how long infants are breastfed. Denver Public Health is committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding friendly spaces at businesses, organizations, or public areas that are welcoming to all families that are breastfeeding.
We can help you and are proud to provide:
Technical support and coaching
Printed materials (breastfeeding laws, educational materials, work space guidelines, etc.)