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Feb. 2, 2020

Swansea researches healthcare for new mums and pregnant women with depression

Swansea UniversityAcademics from Swansea University want improved healthcare for new mums and pregnant women with depression following their recent research into the impact of depression and anti-depressants.

The research at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Science was led by Professor Sue Jordan – who specialises in medicines’ management and health services’ research. It is hoped that its findings could be used to help clinicians improve care for women who suffer from depression during pregnancy and after they have given birth. 

This new research – entitled Antidepressants and perinatal outcomes, including breastfeeding – has been published in the PLOS ONE journal. The study investigated the health of babies born to women who had been treated for depression, examining data from more than 100,000 babies born between 2000 and 2010.  

Talking about her research, Professor Jordan explains, “Our study makes for sobering reading: the data show which women are vulnerable to reduced breastfeeding rates, preterm delivery, and giving birth to small babies. The data should be considered alongside our previous reports of increased risks of congenital anomalies following antidepressant prescriptions in early pregnancy. Women prescribed antidepressants could and should be identified from primary care prescription records and targeted for additional support before conception. Our analysis makes a very strong case for closer monitoring for women prescribed antidepressants, including scans in the third trimester (or alternative continuous monitoring technology) to check on the baby’s growth and development.”

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Content added on 2nd February 2020. 

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