Black pregnant individuals frequently experience more than one mental health concern, according to findings published by Susan Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, and colleagues in The Nurse Practitioner. They say prenatal screening and treatment for stress is warranted in addition to care of depression and anxiety. The Nurse Practitioner is part of the Lippincott portfolio of Wolters Kluwer.
“Prenatal interventions for Black people should aim to address mental health distress and treat high depression, anxiety, and stress,” the research group recommends.
Depression, anxiety, and stress are common in Black pregnant people and commonly co-occur
At three U.S. urban clinics, the researchers were involved in determining whether pregnant Black patients were eligible for a trial of cognitive–behavioral therapy tailored to racial/ethnic minority people. At less than 19 weeks of gestation, 452 patients ages 18 to 40 completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the General Anxiety Disorders–7 Scale, and the Perceived Stress Scale.