From 2022, Postpartum Depression Will Be Screened 5 Weeks After Childbirth

From 2022, postpartum depression will be screened 5 weeks after childbirth

To detect postpartum depression in mothers, a systematic interview will be set up at the 5th week after childbirth.

Post-partum depression affects more than 100,000 women per year (out of 758,000 births, during the year 2018). It would occur within three months after childbirth. At the Mental Health Conference, Secretary of State for Children Adrien Taquet announced the establishment of systematic screening for postnatal depression , from the start of 2022, as announced by the AFP in a dispatch taken over by 20 Minutes .

From 2022, postpartum depression will be screened 5 weeks after childbirth

Two interviews to assess symptoms

In an interview with Top Santé, the child psychiatrist Marie Douniol explained that postpartum depression was much more frequent than what one imagines , and that it could in particular be explained by a reduced length of time spent in the maternity ward, evolving social practices: “ the women of the family and friends, who in the past provided help and support, are far away, no longer, or less, taking over.“

Pour aider les femmes qui vivent ou risqueraient de vivre cette souffrance, un entretien systématique aura lieu à la 5ème semaine après la naissance du bébé, avec des professionnels de santé formés à la question. Un autre arrivera à la 12ème semaine si la patiente est estimée à risque face à la dépression. Si toutefois des symptômes étaient détectés, les mères seraient mises en contact avec un psychologue ou un psychiatre.

Cela dit, des signes peuvent se manifester plus tôt que 5 semaines : tristesse intense qui dure, problèmes de sommeil, irritabilité et colère, perte d’appétit ou encore pleurs incontrôlables, maux de tête… Elle peut aussi s’exprimer par la crainte de faire du mal à son enfant, le sentiment d’être une mauvaise mère, du désespoir. En cas de symptômes de ce type, n’attendez pas le rendez-vous de contrôle et demandez de l’aide à vos proches ou aux personnels soignants avec lesquels vous êtes en contact.

Un mal encore très peu connu

Following a survey carried out in August 2021 by OpinionWay for the Qare platform, 78% of parents questioned confessed to never having heard of postpartum depression before having a child , at any medical appointment. 30% of mothers and 18% of fathers testified that they had experienced a depressive episode after the birth of their baby. In terms of diagnosis, the figures are very low: only 5% of mothers have been detected for postpartum depression.

Adrien Taquet announced a strengthening of the offer in perinatal psychiatry, with the opening of 5 to 10 new parent-baby care units, and between 15 and 20 new mobile teams.

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