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For Addicted Women, the Year After Childbirth Is the Deadliest [pewtrusts.org]

 

Katie Raftery was in a Massachusetts prison for drug-related crimes when she found out she was pregnant with her second child. A longtime heroin user, she was released to a residential drug treatment program where she stayed for seven months, until her baby was born.

She got through pregnancy and drug treatment without a hitch and delivered a healthy baby boy with no complications. But at exactly six weeks after childbirth, Raftery said she started feeling lonely, empty and disengaged.

The feelings were familiar: She had gone through the same period of sadness after her first child was born, and had ended up back on heroin.

[For more on this story by Christine Vestal, go to http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/re...rth-is-the-deadliest]

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