Every year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, which makes perinatal depression the most under diagnosed obstetric complication in America.
At least 1 in 7 women suffer from postpartum depression or anxiety.
Postpartum depression is considered the number one complication of childbirth.
Suicide accounts for up to 20% of postpartum deaths and is the second leading cause of mortality in postpartum women.
In Colorado, self-harm is the #1 cause of death in new mothers.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among postpartum women.
Not all women with PPD are suicidal, but many do suffer from thoughts of harming themselves or their babies.
Women who are most likely to successfully commit suicide are those who are high achieving and successful individuals and typically have a strong “helping,” personality.
Approximately 6% of women experience prenatal anxiety disorder.
10% of postpartum women experience postpartum anxiety disorder.
Perinatal women are 1.5 to 2 times more likely than the general population to experience Postpartum OCD (P-OCD).
3-5% of new mamas and some new fathers will experience some symptoms of P-OCD, though they may not officially qualify for a full diagnosis.
70% of women previously diagnosed with OCD experience a recurrence of symptoms during pregnancy.
Approximately 9% of postpartum women have postpartum PTSD.
This can be caused by a number of traumas including, prolapsed cord, unplanned c-section, use of vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery, baby going to NICU, baby having health issues or extremely difficult temperament, feeling powerless during the delivery, women who have experienced former sexual trauma, women who experienced severe physical complications related to childbirth or pregnancy.
Postpartum psychosis is an extremely rare and dangerous mental illness that occurs in 1-2 in 1,000 postpartum women.
This illness is what most of the general public think of when referring to perinatal mental illness due to media coverage of those who have suffered this particular disease. Postpartum psychosis is a medical emergency. People experiencing symptoms of postpartum psychosis should immediately go to the closest hospital.