Perinatal depression is more than just the "baby blues." We shouldn't wait until mothers are already depressed before taking action and providing treatment.
Why Should We Care?
According to the US Preventative Services Task Force, perinatal depression "affects as many as 1 in 7 women and is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and the postpartum period."
This should be disturbing news to anyone in the midst of or about to experience pregnancy, because perinatal depression is not limited to people with a history of mental illness.
This could affect you.