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Military REACH Review | January 2024 Newsletter

In 2016, Service members' maternity leave increased from 6 to 12 weeks. Researchers recently compared the rates of postpartum depression diagnoses of active-duty women who received 6 weeks of leave (gave birth in 2011-2015) and those who received 12 weeks of leave (gave birth between 2016-2019).

T/F: Servicewomen who received 12 weeks of maternity leave were less likely to be diagnosed with postpartum depression than those who received 6 weeks.

    A Hidden Crisis: Women’s Postpartum Mental Health

    By: Haley Sherman and Sheila Sjolseth , Graduate Research Assistants, Military REACH

    In the first year after the birth of a child, “suicide is one of the top five leading causes of maternal death in the United States, accounting for approximately 20% of all maternal deaths” (Pratt et al., 2023). Although the reality of women's postpartum mental health is alarming, it is time to start bringing these concerns to light. So, we invite you to join us in our call to action of spreading awareness. Continue reading to learn how.

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