A “systematic interview around the fifth week after delivery” will be introduced in early 2022 to identify postpartum depression, which would affect between 15 and 30% of mothers, Secretary of State for Children Adrien said Tuesday. Taquet, during the Mental Health Assists. health in Paris.
“For women at risk, it will be followed by a second interview around week 12,” Taquet said, according to the transcript of his speech sent to AFP.
It will be carried out by health professionals: assistant doctors or midwives, who will have been informed of the identification of postpartum depression, said the secretary of state. If signs of depression are detected, the father can be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
“100,000 women a year suffer from postpartum depression – 15%, I think this is the commonly accepted figure – In a recent survey, 30% of mothers and 18% of fathers say they have experienced a depressive episode,” continued the Mr. Taquet. .
But only 5% of mothers claim to have been diagnosed by a specialist and 78% of fathers had never heard of postpartum depression during medical appointments, according to this survey conducted in August 2021 by OpinionWay for the telemedicine company Qare. .
As part of the “First 1000 days” plan, launched in 2019 to support families during this crucial period for the child and the creation of strong bonds of attachment with parents, several measures have been implemented, including an application “First 1000 days “. gives information to parents or future parents.
A call for projects was launched with 10 million euros to “strengthen the supply in perinatal psychiatry” by “opening 5 to 10 new joint parent-baby care units and the creation of 15 to 20 new mobile teams,” said the Mr. Taquet.
“Since my appointment two and a half years ago, there has not been a trip in which the actors do not talk to me about child psychiatry that should be reinforced. Not a single trip where they do not tell me of the 6 to 18 months of ‘Wait in the CMP (medical-psychological centers) for children and adolescents ”, declared the Secretary of State, judging that“ we cannot be satisfied with the waiting times in the CMPs or the impossibility of urgent hospitalization of adolescents due to lack of space ”.
“Emergency calls for mood disorders among those under 15 years of age increased by 40% at the end of 2020 compared to what was observed during the same period in 2018 and 2019,” he said.