Assessing and Managing Women With Depression: A Midwifery Perspective


  • Lorraine B. Sanders CNM, APRN, DNSc

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    • Dr. Sanders is dually certified as a certified nurse-midwife and as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is an assistant professor at Adelphi University in the School of Nursing in Garden City, New York.

Lorraine B. Sanders, CNM, APRN, DNSc, Alumnae Hall Room 205, Adelphi University, 1 South Drive, Garden City, NY 11130. E-mail:


Women are at disproportionate risk for depression. Depression often goes untreated because of lack of recognition by providers. The Institute of Medicine maintains that primary care providers are essential in the management of mental health disorders. The assessment and management of depression in women are sensitive topics and may require advanced training and skills.