Suicide Risk During Pregnancy, After Childbirth on the Rise

November 18, 2020

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Suicide is the leading cause of death among new mothers. Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be a risky time for depressive symptoms. A new study found that suicidal thoughts and self-harm in the year before and after giving birth doubled among childbearing people. Researchers highlight that increases in suicidality were seen in younger, Black, and low-income individuals.

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