Depression Screening for Pregnant Moms- What does this Mean?

by | Sep 16, 2014

pregnant womanDepression screening for pregnant moms has become almost commonplace.
Central Hillsborough Healthy Start (CHHS) in Florida has a purported mission to save babies. They quote “Sixteen of every 1,000 babies born in central Hillsborough County die before their first birthday.”
But sandwiched among CHHS’s unarguable points in taking care of an expectant mom, such as home visitation, health education, labor coach services and male involvement is the insidious “perinatal depression screening”.
At Florida Hospital in Tampa, all new mothers are screened for postpartum depression, and offered resources such as therapy and drug treatment if an “expert” determines she is depressed.
What are the drugs recommended to breastfeeding mother?
Paroxetine, sertraline and nortiptyline are three common drugs prescribed for postpartum depression.
Paroxetine (trade name Paxil) is capable of causing (among others) the following side effects in the mother:

  • Uterine or stomach bleeding, sometimes requiring transfusion during surgery
  • Involuntary movements such as tics, muscle spasms, loss of fine motor control
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Sertraline (trade name Zoloft) has an abundance of possible side effects, including:

  • Giant Hives
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Liver Failure
  • Mania
  • Sudden blindness and pain on moving the eye
  • Hemorrhage of Blood Under the Skin

Nortiptyline has its own side effects. These are just a few of the common side effects of this drug:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Low blood pressure on standing

Suicidal thoughts or action is also a risk with this drug.
The effect of these powerful drugs on a nursing infant has not been studied; the babies of our (and other) countries are being used much as experimental guinea pigs.
Would a person with an ounce of sanity or goodwill recommend a nursing mother be prescribed a poison? Per the Merriam Webster free dictionary, the definition of poison is “a substance that can cause people or animals to die or to become very sick if it gets into their bodies especially by being swallowed.”
Per this definition, antidepressant drugs are indeed poisons.
These pharmaceuticals have been proven to cause many dangerous side effects, and have NOT been proven to cure anything. Even in cases where a person claims to be helped by them, he or she may be experiencing:

  1. The placebo effect. In January of 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association found that in mild to moderate depression, there was a ‘nonexistent to negligible’ difference in the effect between an anti-depressant and a placebo.
  2. A dependency on artificially elevated serotonin levels, causing a mental crash back into depression as soon as the person tries to go off the drug.

The public is being bombarded with propaganda intended to sell pharmaceutical drugs.  One hears, in everyday vernacular, references to “ADD” “ADHD” OCD and other invented psychiatric terminology.
Those selling drugs treat them as another commodity, and feel justified in advertising campaigns touting overblown miracles.
But antidepressants are not the same as computer software, jewelry styles or vacation destinations. These drugs are capable of infinite harm, and should be eliminated in favor of treatment that can help those suffering.
Physical treatment for mental distress exists. Unfortunately, this true information is not spewed across the airwaves and internet backed by the finances that big pharmaceutical companies have at their disposal. But with some research, one can find alternatives to help loved ones suffering from mental distress.


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