Research: Babies of mothers with mental illness more likely to need hospital, emergency care

Bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses in pregnant women increase the likelihood that their newborns will be hospitalized or need emergency care, finds a study published in the October issue of Hospital Pediatrics. The study, led by David A. Paul, M.D., chair of Pediatrics at Christiana Care, is the first large-scale analysis to evaluate how mental illnesses among pregnant women are tied to the serious medical needs of their newborns. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, 21.8 percent of adult women in the United States experience mental illne Read more