Indicator Report - Postpartum Depression
Why Is This Important?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.
Data NotesWomen 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.)
^The estimate has been suppressed because the relative standard error is greater than 50% or the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication
*Use caution in interpreting; the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability.
Data SourcesUtah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionThe percentage of Utah women who reported postpartum depression symptoms divided by the number of Utah women who delivered a live infant.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 05/07/2013, Published on 10/10/2013