Billings — Few moments in life are more exciting than the birth of a child. But what many mothers go through in the weeks and months that follow is not much discussed.
Kari Bates, M.D., an obstetrician at St. Vincent’s Health Care, said, “Increased tearfulness, increased fatigue, sleep deprivation, the adjustment period associated with the birth of a newborn and possibly pre-existing mental health conditions have a significant impact on mothers. It’s possible,” he said. at Billings.
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition that can last for months or even years.
A new FDA-approved drug, Zurzuvae, is expected to help. This is the first tablet specifically designed for the treatment of postpartum depression.
“I suffered from postpartum depression with my second child, but I didn’t realize it right away. I was a nurse at the time and had no idea. During pregnancy About six weeks after giving birth, a healthcare professional diagnosed me with postpartum depression and put me on antidepressants, but I was on them for a really long time,” says St. Vincent of Billings. Ashley Jones, a licensed nurse-midwife at Health Care, said. .
Jones struggled with postpartum depression for months, but she’s not alone. Bates also experienced postpartum depression after giving birth to her.
“I didn’t seek the help I should have because I hadn’t been treated…it crept up on me. I didn’t realize I was sick, and I was in the medical So it’s kind of like giving you a sample of what’s going on with you when you’re a new mom after giving birth,” Bates added.
Both Bates and Jones are excited to see what the drug will mean for new moms.
“It’s an interesting course for postpartum depression because it’s so short. It’s only a 14-day course, and in many cases people who develop postpartum depression don’t want to take medication chronically.” said Bates.
Zurzuvae should be available by the end of the year. The drug is expected to lead to better outcomes for people suffering from postpartum depression when prescribed along with treatment.
“There are two pillars: counseling or therapy and medication. It is more effective to work on both together than to do either one alone. We have enough data to back it up,” Bates said.
“The sooner you get treatment, the better the mother will be, the better the family will be, and the better the outcome,” Jones added.