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Aug 17 2011

Postpartum Depression Statistics

By at 2:20 pm

Every year, thousands of new moms battle with a serious case of depression. Bringing a baby home is no easy task, and getting used taking care of a being that seems to suck everything out of you, takes some getting used to. (And that would be a major understatement.)

Our friends over at the New Moms Connect program at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles just sent over some pretty startling statistics about postpartum depression.

1) Every year, 800,000-1 million American women are affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

2) This statistic cuts across income, race, ethnicity, income, age and sexual orientation.

3) Low income women, however, are disproportionately affected.

4) In the Los Angeles Mother Baby study, low-income or ethnic minority women in Los Angeles had rates of depressive symptoms closer to 40-50%.

If you or somebody you know is looking for some help, send them to the New Moms Connect website or call them at 323.761.8800 x1028. They’ll help connect you with somebody in your community.


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