Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common complication of childbirth and can affect families in a range of ways that include emotional and physical wellbeing and economic security. In fact, PPD can be devastating to the economic growth and security of families across Texas. Postpartum depression has been associated with decreased employment and income in affected mothers. In addition, untreated PPD has also been tied to negative outcomes for children—such as delays in language, cognitive, and motor development and other vital components of school readiness—that can impair the ability of our youngest Texans to achieve economic security as they grow older.
While state lawmakers have already demonstrated their commitment to recognizing the seriousness of the connection, more can be done. Young Invincibles led a letter–joined by some of the state’s leading public health and child welfare organizations–requesting the legislature ensure the state applies for a new federal grant opportunity for postpartum depression treatment.
To read the letter, please click here.