Postpartum Depression and Your Patients

Winter 2016/2017


Postpartum Depression and Your Patients

Neighborhood and Beacon Health Strategies (Beacon*) work collaboratively to ensure our members receive the best and most appropriate care available. In keeping with that goal, we want to share important information with you on a disorder that can affect pregnant women prior to and following the birth of a child.

Childbirth often triggers feelings of joy and excite­ment as well as anxiety and fear. For some mothers this time can also bring about something else: postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression has many symptoms that providers should assess for, including:

Loss of appetite


Intense irritability and anger

Lack of joy in life

Severe mood swings

Feelings of shame or guilt

Difficulty bonding with the new baby

Thoughts of harming oneself or the baby


If you have a Neighborhood member who is showing these symptoms for two weeks or more, these may be signs of postpartum depression.

There are many treatment options available that bring together the Primary Care Physician (PCP), obstetrician and behavioral health clinicians. Please remind your patients to sign releases so their treatment can be most appropriately addressed and organized.

If you feel that a patient may be suffering from postpartum depression and you would like more information or assistance referring her to a behavioral health clinician, Beacon can help.

For more information on assessment, medication manage­ment and other treatment issues, visit the Beacon website at Click on Providers, Beacon Health Strategies Providers, and type “NHPRI” in the search box.

You can also call Beacon at 1-800-215-0058, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 5pm. Thank you for your partnership and dedication to our members.


*Beacon Health Strategies is a Beacon Health Options company.