ACOG Statement

This statement was provided to 2020 Mom by ACOG in response to Jessica Porten's story on January 24, 2018.

Depression is a common complication of pregnancy with potentially devastating consequences if it goes unrecognized and untreated. It is estimated that 14%-23% of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy and 5%-25% experience postpartum depression. Education and increasing awareness of depression and mood disorders in pregnant and postpartum women must transcend all level of providers. Not only is it essential for ob-gyns to screen for depression and postpartum depression, but seamless transitions in screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders among health care providers are essential.”

“We must do better as a medical community to properly screen for perinatal and postpartum depression and initiate medical therapy, when indicated. Ob-gyns, nurses, pediatricians, emergency department staff and others must be equipped to refer patients to appropriate behavioral health resources. ACOG is committed to working with state leaders to expand provider knowledge and training, improve care coordination and build a robust network of community-based resources.
— Laura Sirott, MD, FACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, Chair

Laura Sirrott, ACOG District IX Chair was also featured in this KQED article but has a different take on screening, and explains why she doesn't support it.