A postpartum disparity
Researching high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Adam Lewkowitz discovered that the rate of postpartum depression (PPD) among men closely mirrors that of women.
The OB-GYN physician wasn’t entirely surprised. While Lewkowitz didn’t experience PPD after the birth of each of his three children, several of his friends mentioned the “baby blues” when they became dads.
“PPD affects 10-15% mothers and 8-10% fathers, with similar risk factors,” Lewkowitz says. “But unlike with moms, where there are amazing programs and infrastructure to help women navigate pregnancy and postpartum-related mental health conditions, there is very limited information on supporting fathers through the transition.”
Lewkowitz is a member of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence as well as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown. A K23 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is helping him pursue his goal of becoming a digital health researcher.
“A major driver of digital health innovation for me is equity in the postpartum period,” Lewkowitz says. “I’ve been doing a lot of digital health-related projects since 2016, trying to attack postpartum inequity from multiple levels.”