City hospitals take aim at maternal depression

Bellevue commits to universal screenings

Chirlane McCray speaks at Bellevue Hospital. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Chirlane McCray speaks at Bellevue Hospital. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray recently announced that the city is setting a goal to provide universal screening and treatment for maternal depression for all pregnant women and new mothers.

McCray made the announcement at Bellevue Hospital on November 17 along with representatives from NYC Health and Hospitals (formerly HHC), Maimonides Medical Center and the Greater New York Hospital Association.

NYC Health and Hospitals and Maimonides, which together perform about 25 percent of all deliveries in New York, have committed to achieve universal screening and connection to treatment within two years as the first step towards the goal. The Greater New York Hospital Association will also begin developing a learning network of hospitals across the city to screen all pregnant women and new mothers for the condition within that two-year period.

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