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Pregnant & parenting youth in foster care: The complexities that surround the use of psychotropic medications

Center for the Study of Social Policy – 2013

An issue brief discussing the use of psychotropic medications among pregnant and parenting youth in the foster care system. Provides an overview of the issue. Discusses the impact of psychotropic medication use during and after pregnancy, including effects of maternal depression and antidepressant medications on the fetus and on the infant during breastfeeding. Outlines points to consider when treating pregnant youth with mental health issues. Provides recommendations for professionals who work with pregnant or parenting young women with mental health needs in the foster care system.