Available in both English and Spanish, the survey aims to help women’s health and primary care clinicians better identify and recommend treatment for maternal mental health conditions
TAMPA, FL – February 17, 2016 – On the heels of the US Preventive Services Task Force’s sweeping recommendation that all adults, specifically pregnant women and new mothers, be screened for depression, assessURhealth™ announces the release of its newest mental health risk assessment survey, postnatal depression for maternal mental health.
According to studies conducted by the CDC and the Journal of Women’s Health, nine percent of pregnant women and up to nearly 20% percent of new mothers experience depressive episodes, commonly referred to as postpartum depression. In addition, many studies show that children of depressed mothers suffer as a result of their parent’s condition, including difficulty sleeping, decreased likelihood to interact, and trouble being consoled or soothed. The Task Force meanwhile cites evidence that promotes combining depression screening with adequate support or therapy to improve the reduction and remission rates amongst pregnant and postpartum women, benefitting both the women and their children.
With thousands of assessments successfully completed and the endorsement of the immediate past US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, assessURhealth’s HIPAA-secure, iOS-native application allows clinicians to capture key psychometric risk indicators for pre and postnatal depression. The private, sensitive self-reporting app platform directly engages pregnant women and new mothers in better well-being awareness, securely delivering results to providers for more accurate risk identification and care planning in real-time.
“As the mother of two young children myself, I know firsthand the overwhelming love – and anxiety – that comes with the responsibility of bringing a new baby home. Reestablishing your identity as not just a mother, but a woman, in a culture fraught with mom-shaming, body-ideals and Pinterest-perfect homes is daunting," said cofounder, Alison Hindman Talleri. “The fear and shame associated with postnatal depression can be absolutely debilitating.” Added cofounder Mallory Tai Taylor, “Women need better support in the identification of these conditions and access to treatment that will help them to better cope and parent their children as they recover. We’re incredibly proud that our product is helping to shine a spotlight on this issue and open up a new avenue for women to connect with their healthcare providers on what’s historically been such a taboo topic.”