By Ruth Chatterjee, January 15, 2020, for Morning Edition
For 1 in 7 pregnant women and new moms, things can feel off. They can have trouble sleeping or feeling connected to their baby, feel weepy, have low energy. They could be clinically depressed, and depression during or after pregnancy is very treatable if it's diagnosed. But only a small percentage of those women get the treatment that they need. Massachusetts is trying to change that. NPR's Rhitu Chatterjee has this story about how the state is tackling depression in pregnant women and new moms.
RHITU CHATTERJEE, BYLINE: Jennifer Ford lives with her husband and two daughters in Oakham, Mass. As a young woman, she struggled with anxiety and depression and was on antidepressants through both her pregnancies. While her first pregnancy and childbirth went smoothly, things were different after the birth of her youngest.