Recently model Chrissy Teigen shared her story about her struggles with postpartum depression (PPD) in Cosmopolitan and Us Magazine. Dr. Dawn Kingston, co-creator of Canada's first perinatal mental health screening guidelines, says the debilitating effects of PPD might have been circumvented had Tiegen understood that her history of infertility put her in a high-risk category for PPD. Seeking help early could give pregnant women and their partners an opportunity to find a therapist to help them navigate the difficult emotions they may be experiencing and head off worse problems down the road. Dr. Kingston is an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta. A former epidemiologist with the Maternal and Infant Health Surveillance Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Dr. Kingston started her career as a neonatal intensive care nurse.
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