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Help for New Moms

Caring for a new baby can be fraught with difficulty—even more so for a mom living with stressful family dynamics or other uncertainties. Now a Cummings School researcher has shown how stress and hormone levels impair a mother’s ability to fully care for her offspring—work that could lead to new ways to prevent or treat the postpartum depression experienced by 9 to 16 percent of human mothers.

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