I suffer from prenatal depression, and it was/is pretty bad, and I have to take medication for it. Yesterday I had an ultrasound at the hospital, and the obs doc said that in his experience the peds will take the baby onto icu for seven days for observation after birth.
Our ped hospital is pretty quick with taking the baby to icu, and I am not sure if there really is a valid reason for this - but then - I am biased ...:)
I don't really want this (obviously) and am worried about the early bonding and the risk of postnatal depression.
The medication I take is omipramol and clorazepat.
I have an appointment with the head of the peds hospital to discuss the plan, does anybody here have any experience that she can share, or data? Thank you so much!
I looked around a bit but could not find anything like a "protocol", the risk for postnatal symptoms appear to be quite small for the baby...but I might be wrong...
Thank you for your reply.
The discussion with the ped was very positive and reassuring. He told me, that there "normal" policy is, to not separate mothers from their kids with a history of prenatal or postnatal depression. He thinks that the risk that the baby shows any signs of withdrawel or side effects would be around 1%, and the clinical observation if anything accurs can and will be done while rooming in.
There will be a peds doctor at the birth so that they have a good look at our son after the birth, and if there is no sign of problems he will stay with me. The postnatal ward and the ICU are literally 25 m apart, so if anything happens, they can be there quickly, and there are pediatric nurses on the postnatal ward as well.
He advised me to see a psychiatrist who is very experienced in prenatal depression and the adjustment of the medication for maximal safety for the baby, and I got an appointment in just 10 days.
So I am quite relieved, and hope that everything will be fine. Obviously there is no chance of an ambulatory birth or going home the next day, but I am happy with this now.
Now it's in my chart that the head of pediatrics allows the baby to stay with me as long as everything is fine. That makes me really happy!
I had the appointment with the psychiatrist who is kind of specialised into prenatal and postnatal depression, and he thinks he can improve the medication. He believes the benzos are not such a good idea, esp. since he thinks it's kind of unreasonable to expect me to stop them around 35 weeks. He asked me if I expect my life to be calmer than, and I just had to laugh...
So, we are getting there...