Postpartum Depression And Insurance Coverage

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Postpartum Depression And Insurance Coverage

Several women go through post partum depression (PPD) in pregnancy. As per the Mental Health America, nearly 80 percent of the new mothers suffer from postpartum depression, which is also referred to as PPD. Postpartum blues is a slightly milder version of PPD and is also called baby blues. It goes away on its own often.


As per Ms. Susan Dowd Stone, the president of Postpartum Support International, if baby blues do not disappear within a month after delivery, the new mother should contact a doctor and seek help to identify if they are suffering from postpartum depression. PPD is considered more serious and the levels of severity vary in an individual. In extreme cases it drives to suicide. Also it is unnecessary that a woman should suffer from such mental trauma.

The health of a mother is very crucial during the pre natal and post natal stages according to America’s Health Insurance Plans. If the mother has a mental health care plan included in the insurance plan, the treatment for post partum depression will be covered. There are different kinds of health insurance plans available for PPD. Even Medicare covers 50 percent of the outpatient bills for PPD.

However, lack of insurance may torture the new mother more while she is already suffering from PPD. Some women recoup by attending support groups and talking it out with professionals and people. Counseling can provide a great relief for PPD patients. Also talking about their emotions and feelings can help them to overcome the problem. More serious cases of PPD will definitely need psychotherapy. The American Psychiatric Association president Nada Scotland says that the costs for psychotherapy can range from $100 to $150 for a 1 hour session. Serious PPD patients require at least 16 sittings to recover completely. Apart from that specific medications are given for nursing mothers and they can be quite expensive. Generic drugs may not be preferred because most mothers would be still breast feeding and it can complicate matters for the new born. All these factors put together can make medical attention a very expensive deal.

There is an effort being made to improve the conditions of mothers and advocates who support mental health for women after delivery have petitioned the government. There are currently two bills that are waiting to be passed in the United States, Melanie Blocker Stokes Mothers Act and the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. The Melanie Blocker Bill is stressing on the importance of research and education through awareness for postpartum depression. The latter bill is stressing on the importance of insurance coverage for PPD.

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