Task force recommends moms seek counseling during pregnancy to prevent depression

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The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force issued new recommendations that say women should seek counseling during their pregnancy to help prevent depression.

Rochester Regional Health has been implementing these recommendations that include on-site mental health counseling and job training in their healthy moms program in an effort to give women the long-term care they need.

“There are so many things that women are dealing with when women learn they are pregnant and during their pregnancy, so it’s important to get them support and counseling support is a great way to help prevent depression during pregnancy and postpartum,” said Erin Pixley-Thurston, manager.

While Rochester Regional has been using recommended counseling before these federal recommendations, they are hopeful the new ruling will increase the number of referrals they get each year.

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