Committee opinion no. 453: Screening for depression during and after pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Feb;115(2 Pt 1):394-395. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181d035aa.


Depression is very common during pregnancy and the postpartum period. At this time, there is insufficient evidence to support a firm recommendation for universal antepartum or postpartum screening. There are also insufficient data to recommend how often screening should be done. There are multiple depression screening tools available for use.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology