Title

Perinatal Depression: a Review of US Legislation and Law.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

8-1-2013

NLM Title Abbreviation

Arch Womens Ment Health

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Archives of Womens Mental Health

PubMed ID

23740222

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s00737-013-0359-6

Abstract

Accumulating research documenting the prevalence and negative effects of perinatal depression, together with highly publicized tragic critical incidents of suicide and filicide by mothers with postpartum psychosis, have fueled a continuum of legislation. Specialists in perinatal mental health should recognize how their work influences legislative initiatives and penal codes, and take this into consideration when developing perinatal services and research. Yet, without legal expertise, the status of legislative initiatives can be confusing. To address this shortfall, we assembled an interdisciplinary team of academics specializing in law, as well as perinatal mental health, to summarize these issues. This review presents the relevant federal and state legislation and summarizes the criminal codes that governed the court decisions on cases in which a mother committed filicide because of postpartum psychosis. Moreover, the review aims to help researchers and providers who specialize in perinatal depression understand their role in this legal landscape.

Keywords

Depression, Postpartum, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infanticide, Perinatal Care, Pregnancy, United States

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https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1962