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Health Indicator Report of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is the most common complication related to childbirth. While postpartum depression is treatable, many women who suffer from it remain undiagnosed. Untreated postpartum depression can last as long as one to two years and may affect the ability of a woman to function in normal daily tasks. Further, untreated postpartum depression may impact family relationships, a woman's ability to bond with her baby, and the cognitive development of her baby as well as other children in the home. There may be a variety of reasons a woman does not receive treatment for postpartum depression including the inability to recognize the signs and symptoms as well as the uncertainty of knowing who to ask for help.

Percentage of Utah Women Who Reported Postpartum Depression Symptoms by Race, Utah PRAMS, 2012-2013


Women were categorized as having reported postpartum depression symptoms if they answered 'Always' or 'Often' to either of these questions: "Since your new baby was born, how often have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?" And, "Since your new baby was born, how often have you had little interest or little pleasure in doing things?" (Answer options included: always, often, sometimes, rarely, never)

Data Source

Utah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Utah Department of Health

Data Interpretation Issues

The data here represent self-reported postpartum depression symptoms and not clinical diagnoses of postpartum depression.


The percentage of Utah women who reported postpartum depression symptoms divided by the number of Utah women who delivered a live infant.


The number of Utah women who reported postpartum depression symptoms.


The number of Utah women who delivered a live infant.

Healthy People Objective MICH-34:

(Developmental) Decrease the proportion of women delivering a live birth who experience postpartum depressive symptoms
U.S. Target: Developmental

Other Objectives

The following Healthy People 2020 objectives are also relevant: MHMD-9: Increase the proportion of adults with mental health disorders who receive treatment MHMD-11: Increase depression screening by primary care providers MHMD-4: Reduce the proportion of persons who experience major depressive episodes (MDEs)

How Are We Doing?

For 2012-2013, the overall rate of self-reported postpartum depression symptoms in Utah women was 11.8%.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

According to national PRAMStat data, 15.3% of women in Utah reported frequent postpartum symptoms, which is the second highest of the 26 reporting sites in 2009-2011. This is significantly higher than the overall rate of 10.1%. The lowest rate was in Hawaii at 6.9% and the highest in Arkansas at 18.0%.

What Is Being Done?

The Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP) has been working on increasing awareness of postpartum depression and the need to screen for it among health care providers through a variety of methods. Staff from MIHP participate on Utah's Maternal Mental Health Collaborative whose mission is to "exchange ideas and form relationships to increase and improve awareness, prevention, detection and treatment of maternal mental health conditions in Utah". The MIHP continues to collaborate with Baby Your Baby to include a section on postpartum depression (PPD) in their updated version of the Keepsake book which is distributed to pregnant women throughout the state. Additionally, the program has worked with State Medicaid staff members to include information on PPD in a "termination of coverage" notice women receive three to four months prior to losing Medicaid coverage 60 days postpartum. This information encourages women to seek help for PPD if needed before their coverage ends.
Page Content Updated On 09/07/2016, Published on 10/13/2016
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Content updated: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:24:29 MDT