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Psychiatrists warn OBs about increasing Postpartum Psychosis during COVID-19 Pandemic

KQED highlights how psychiatrists across the globe are seeing increases in cases of postpartum psychosis and warning obstetricians to keep a close eye on patients.

"At the Women’s Inpatient Unit at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Jessica Coker saw four cases of postpartum psychosis in January, when the hospital’s normal rate is two or three a year.

'This is strange because it is such a rare disorder,” she said. “I was like, what’s going on?'"


"At El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami is seeing those same stressors play out among her patients. Visits from grandparents or siblings are canceled because of COVID travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders; new moms aren’t meeting other moms; and they can’t go to the gym or do other things they normally would to get a break from the baby.

'They don’t have the usual support mechanisms in place that they used to have before,' Dhami said."

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