Lindsay Clancy is an American woman from Duxbury, Massachusetts who allegedly strangled her three children on the evening of January 24, 2023.
She was indicted on charges of murder and strangulation by a Plymouth County grand jury in the deaths of her children.
Her defense attorney claims that an overmedication of prescription psychiatric drugs led to homicidal and suicidal ideation.
Clancy pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges this February in Plymouth District Court from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
She is hospitalized following a suicide attempt and appeared at the court hearing by a video link.
Clancy had worked as a delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Clancy’s parents are Paula and Mike Musgrove.
Although not much is known about the two, they live in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where they are highly involved in the community.
The incident involving Clancy, ignited a discussion on social media platforms such as TikTok about postpartum psychosis and various others struggles others face after a birth.
This had led to many mothers speaking out about their own stories, opening up on social media or to various press outlets about their experiences.
Several bills were introduced to the Massachusetts state legislature in an attempt to better address postpartum illnesses in the community.
What is postpartum psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious mental health condition that affects some women after giving birth.
It is estimated to occur in approximately 1-2 per 1,000 births, and it typically develops within the first few weeks after delivery.
Postpartum psychosis is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment.
The symptoms of postpartum psychosis can be severe and may include hallucinations, delusions, confusion, disorientation and extreme mood swings.
Women with postpartum psychosis may also experience paranoia, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
In some cases, they may become agitated or aggressive and may pose a risk to themselves or others.
The exact cause of postpartum psychosis is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to hormonal changes that occur during and after pregnancy.
Women who have a history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are at a higher risk of developing postpartum psychosis, as are those who have experienced a previous episode of postpartum psychosis.
Treatment for postpartum psychosis typically involves a combination of medication and therapy.
Antipsychotic medications may be used to help manage symptoms, while therapy can help women cope with the emotional and psychological effects of the condition.
In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary to ensure the safety of the mother and her baby.
It is important for women and their loved ones to be aware of the signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis and to seek help immediately if they suspect that they or someone they know may be experiencing this condition.
With prompt and appropriate treatment, most women with postpartum psychosis are able to recover fully and go on to lead healthy, fulfilling lives with their families.