Perinatal depression (previously known as postpartum depression) is seldom brought up by a new mother, so healthcare providers must screen for it carefully. However, sometimes they err on the side of caution in efforts to prevent the mother from harming herself or her baby. Experts discuss the balancing act.


  • Jessica Porten, new mother diagnosed with depression
  • Dr. Darby Saxbe, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology, Univ. of Southern California
  • Dr. Tiffany Moore Simas, Prof. of Obstetrics and Genecology, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School & former co-chair, Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group, Amer. College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

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