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Post-partum depression: A clinical, not legal, issue

from MedPage Today

A nurse who called law enforcement on a patient out of concern that she could harm her newborn infant could be a sign of a wider problem related to provider education about post-partum depression, experts said. According to Kaiser Health News, a California woman sought care at a women's clinic to discuss options for treating what she suspected was post-partum depression. The nurse handling her case called the police after the patient mentioned that she had violent thoughts relating to herself and her baby. The police escorted the woman and baby to the emergency department, where both were put under observation. more

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