Anxiety. Fear. Despair.
After childbirth is not your fault.
Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy and deserves our attention!
Postpartum depression is severe depression in women who have recently given birth. Symptoms may appear as early as the third trimester of pregnancy or within the first few weeks of childbirth. Common signs and symptoms include:
- A depressed mood nearly everyday
- A markedly diminished interest or pleasure from most activities
- Weight loss or gain (5%)
- Psychomotor agitation
- Fatigue/loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Diminished concentration
- Suicidal ideation
If left untreated, postpartum depression may have a lasting negative impact on the mother, the mother and her significant other, and/or the mother and child(ren). Children raised by mothers with untreated postpartum depression may face significant emotional or psychological struggles.
A Promise & Hope for a Cure
I recently had the opportunity to speak with several researchers, obstetrician, psychiatrists, and other mental health providers to discuss a promising new pharmaceutical treatment option for postpartum depression.
The oral medication, Sage-217, has promising results! In the first related study 100% of the women showed an improvement in their postpartum depression symptoms within 48 hours. Another study showed 70% of the participants experiencing significant improvement. This is HUGE NEWS!
If you are struggling with postpartum depression and interested in participating in a clinical trial for this promising new medication please reach out. There are several options:
- Contact Stars and Stripes Doulas, Melissa Nauss, and Melissa will help direct you to the trial nearest you.
- If you are in New Orleans, contact Liz or Lydia directly at 504-897-5211 and tell them Melissa with Stars and Stripes Doulas referred you.
- Complete an online form: https://therobinstudy.com/
The study duration is 76 days which include 28 days of screening, 14 days of treatment, and two follow up visits.
All study-related procedures are provided at NO COST. Transportation and other necessary support may be provided for those who qualify and need additional assistance.
Generous compensation is also provided.
Please reach out to Melissa directly if you would like to talk about your experience with postpartum depression and the role of doulas in recovery from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Melissa is a survivor of PMADs, advocate in the PMAD community, and support group leader. She has a wealth of knowledge related to postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders she will gladly share.
The opinions in this blog are my own. I do not receive any compensation or benefit from referring you to this trial other than belief and hope that the drug is successful in your treatment.
Written by: Melissa Nauss, Owner of Stars and Stripes Doulas