Trends in pregnancy and childbirth complications in the U.S. – Postpartum Depression

Last week we took a deeper look at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association data on pregnancy and childbirth complications. From pre-existing conditions to gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, the data showed significant increases in complications. The increase in pregnancy related complications doesn’t just end once the baby is delivered. Postpartum depression is affecting more women than ever before.

Increases in postpartum depression

In 2018, nearly one in 10 women who delivered a baby was diagnosed with postpartum depression (PPD). That number is up almost 30% from 2014. Postpartum depression diagnoses were most prevalent in women aged 18-24.

At risk for postpartum depression

Pre-existing behavioral health conditions are linked with a greater risk for postpartum depression. More than two-thirds of women diagnosed with postpartum depression had at least one other behavioral health diagnosis before becoming pregnant, and more than 1 in 4 women had two or more pre-existing behavioral health conditions.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) is making strides to help improve these statistics with the introduction of its maternal program. Learn more about the new program here.

The new BCBSKS maternity program is open to pregnant women who have BCBSKS as the primary health insurance. You can find more details on our website. Members can enroll by completing an online enrollment form or by calling 800-520-3137.

Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield Health of America report

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