Coos Health & Wellness utilizes new program to help mothers with postpartum depression

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- A new program is being used to screen new mothers in Coos County for postpartum depression.

The voluntary screening program is available to moms enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, also known as WIC.

The program was spearheaded by Coos Health and Wellness.

"My thought was, if we can integrate a screening process into our WIC program, we might be able to recognize postpartum depression in those mothers earlier and we might be able to lessen the time in which they suffer from postpartum depression," explained Eric Gleason with Coos Health and Wellness.

Gleason said 25 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression.

He says research shows the longer moms suffer from the condition, the more the attachment to their children can suffer significantly.

“Not only does this help the health of the mom but it helps the health of the baby as well. We're just hoping that we can maybe help standardize some kind of process, at least locally; maybe it doesn't take care of everywhere, but locally, that we help the moms we have here."

Coos Health and Wellness will do the screenings for about three months.

Gleason said they hope to make the screenings part of their check-in process.

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