Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks
New Full Term Pregnancy Definition
Depression and Anxiety Around Pregnancy
Depression and anxiety can happen during pregnancy or after birth. Learn the signs and how to get help.
Learn why a pregnancy is now considered "full-term" at
Learn why allowing baby to remain in the womb until at least 39 weeks, if possible, is safest for both baby and mother.
The NICHD created the NCMHEP with more than 30 of the nation’s most prominent maternal and child health care provider associations, federal agencies, and other partners. The Program’s objectives are to identify key challenges in child and maternal health, review relevant research and initiate educational activities that advance the knowledge base of the field, and improve the health of women and children.
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Coordinating Committee webpage for a full list of member organizations.
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that clinicians screen patients at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms using a standardized, validated tool. In their
May 2015 Committee Opinion on Screening for Perinatal Depression, ACOG states that perinatal depression includes major and minor depressive episodes that occur during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivery. It is one of the most common medical complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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