In January 2016, the US Preventative Services Task Force released its new recommendations for depression screening in the healthcare setting. They recommend depression screenings in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. These screenings should be implemented with “adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.” In addition, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has made similar recommendations for depression screening for all women, both as part of their yearly well-woman visit and during the perinatal period; specifically, that women be screened at least once during their perinatal period.
You can read ACOG’s full statement on their website:
ACOG’s Statement on Depression Screening
The following information may be helpful to assist with providing accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and appropriate follow-up.