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Penn State Publishes New Study Linking Risk Factors to Variations in Postpartum Depression

A new study by Penn State College of Medicine faculty and Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Program shows that depression following childbirth can begin at different times and follow multiple distinct trajectories. The study findings emphasize the need for clinicians screen for postpartum depression and be aware of risk factors that may predispose a new mother to depression. The study, “Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms Throughout the Peri- and Postpartum Period: Results from the First Baby Study,” is published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Authors include: Dr. Jennifer S. McCall-Hosenfeld, department of medicine, Ms. Eric Schaefer, Dr. Junjia Zhu, assistant professor, and Dr. Kristen Kjerulff, professor, all of the department of public health sciences, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.