Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression that develops in a mother within the first year after childbirth, usually occurring within the first three months and peaking within the first six months. This condition interferes with the mother’s ability function and bond with the baby, as well as the child’s safety and development. Researchers believe that postpartum depression may be caused by hormonal changes and other social and environmental factors.
Every new mom we care for at Florida Hospital Tampa is screened for postpartum depression and subsequently offered resources if the screening shows high risk.
The Women's Center was the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to offer Perinatal Mood Disorder education, screenings, support groups and seminars. Our mission is to reduce the incidence of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders through screenings, education and providing appropriate referral and support.