This is why, for the first time, a group of American experts recommends that pregnant women and new mothers be counseled if they have risk factors for depression. The group of experts also said that insurance should cover it.
Lorretta Noratreschi can still remember the scary thoughts that crossed her mind a few days after the birth of her daughter.
"What if I took this knife and stabbed my baby, or if I jumped off a ramp and killed myself?" Remembers Noratreschi.
She told her thoughts to her nurses. They were able to recognize her symptoms and she started counseling.
Noratreschi was enthusiastic about the idea that the Preventive Services Task Force recommends that doctors identify pregnant women and new mothers at risk of depression and help get advice.
Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurance plans are required to adhere to the guidelines and to cover them at no extra cost.
"I hope we will eliminate the shame and embarrassment caused by this type of condition," said Brooke Vanek, Luna Counseling Center Certified Professional Counselor.
According to Vanek, the new guidelines could help integrate standard care counseling for pregnant women and new mothers.
Nearly one in seven women suffers from depression during pregnancy or after childbirth.
"We are really trying to give this feeling the feeling of being here for you with a space without judgment," says Vanek. "We want you to know that this is not unusual. This is treatable in most cases. "
According to Vanek, insurance coverage could remove an obstacle that prevents many women from getting help.
"I think it's one of those areas that some consider a luxury to be able to follow a therapy. So it's one of those areas that is getting quickly off the system, "says Vanek.
Some experts say that the guidelines could be difficult to implement, saying that it can be difficult to identify women at risk. In addition, the United States faces a shortage of mental health providers. Yet many believe it is a step in the right direction.
"You can feel really hopeless when you have depression or anxiety and the advice gives you hope and allows you to achieve daily results," says Noratreschi.