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Essential Reads: Lithium and Breastfeeding

Lithium is an important treatment option for women with bipolar disorder.  Because women with bipolar disorder are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period, we typically recommend that women continue treatment with lithium throughout the postpartum period.  While this intervention clearly decreases risk for postpartum psychiatric illness, the use of lithium while breastfeeding… Read More »

Essential Reads: ADHD in Girls and Women

Essential Reads: ADHD in Girls and Women In childhood, ADHD is clearly more common in boys than in girls; however, in adult samples, the sex differences in prevalence are mush smaller. There is also increasing recognition that girls and women may present with a different constellation of symptoms and behaviors.  For example, in children, girls… Read More »

Essential Reads: Atypical Antipsychotics and Breastfeeding

Despite the increasing use of the newer “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, we have relatively little data on the use of these newer atypical agents in breastfeeding women.   All medications taken by the mother are excreted into… Read More »

Essential Reads: Innovative Methods for Addressing Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Essential Reads: Innovative Methods for Addressing Substance Abuse During Pregnancy While the use of alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy is falling, the use of cannabis and opioids is increasing.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends universal screening for substance use to be carried out at the first prenatal visit with a validated… Read More »

Essential Reads: Can Group Prenatal Care Support Maternal Mental Health?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way antenatal care is being delivered in the United States, such as having fewer visits and replacing some in-clinic visits with virtual visits over telemedicine platforms. There has been some discussion of continuing some of these changes in care for low-risk pregnancies even after the pandemic ends – the… Read More »

Essential Reads: Evidence-Based Interventions for Depressed Mothers and Their Young Children

In a given year, about 10% of mothers in the United States experience a major depressive episode (MDE).  Roughly translated, this means about 1 in 10 children is exposed to maternal depression each year (Ertel et al, 2011).  While much attention has focused on postpartum depression, which affects about 10% to 15% of women, mothers… Read More »