One in seven moms suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD), and black moms are more likely to experience PPD. Despite the prevalence, there’s been little research done about PPD. For these reasons, I’m proud to be part of an ongoing study to learn more about PPD: Mom Genes.
Mom Genes Fight PPD is a study designed to learn why PPD happens, why some mothers experience it and others don’t. The study is collecting 100,000+ DNA samples via mail-in spit kits from mothers, like myself, who have been affected by PPD. The goal is to have a statistically viable amount of DNA to draw conclusions, enable better treatments to be developed, and hopefully, find a cure one day.
Led by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the consortium Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment, the international study is largest postpartum depression study … ever.
It was so easy to participate; I downloaded the iPhone app, sent in my saliva via mail, and answered questions from the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.
Learn more here.