Are Depression and Anxiety Meds OK During Pregnancy?


Mary Kimmel, MD, assistant professor and medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD, perinatal psychologist and author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.

JAMA Network: “Benzodiazepines and the Z-Drugs in Pregnancy—Reasonably Reassuring for Neurodevelopment But Should We Really Be Using Them?”

Anick Berard, PhD, professor, and perinatal pharmacology researcher at the University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

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