2X Risk of Postpartum Hemorrhage Antidepressants

Kermit Cole

A study of 106,000 pregnant women with a diagnosis of mood or anxiety disorder, by researchers from Harvard, Duke, Michigan State and the university of Freiberg finds that exposure to antidepressants increased the risk of postpartum hemorrhage by 1.4 to 1.9 times. Results were published online by the British Medical Journal on August 21, 2013.

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Palmstein, K., Hernández-Díaz, S., Huybrechts, K., Williams, P., et al; Use of antidepressants near delivery and risk of postpartum hemorrhage: cohort study of low income women in the United States. British Medical Journal. Online August 21, 2013

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]


  1. Based on the evidence, I believe that it is obscene to put pregnant or post partum women on these dangerous, useless drugs endangering both the woman and her baby/family in a variety of horrible ways. Think Andrea Yates under great psychiatric care.

    And now we have the horrific “Mother’s Act.” Dr. Phyllis Chesler wrote a great book called, Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, and the type of despicable women who helped push the Mother’s Act with Big Pharma to push more toxic SSRI’s for so called post partum depression are described there as well as other sources like Mary Daly’s great books.

    It appears that informed consent is seriously lacking here.