Celebrate Maternal Mental Health Month in May!

Maternal Mental Health is Overlooked

Quick question. What do you think is the most common medical complication during and after childbirth? Chances are, you won’t answer mental health issues.Yet perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)—including prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety—top the list, affecting at least one in seven women. In addition to the substantial human toll of these conditions, they come with a hefty price tag, especially because women who have them often go untreated.

 

Get the Facts

  • Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop PMADs.  Symptoms can appear anytime during the two-year span from conception through baby’s first birthday.  Onset of symptoms may be gradual or sudden.  Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are caused by changes in biology, physiology, environment, and expectations.
  • Mathematica’s analysis, estimates the national economic costs of these mental health disorders. When following the mother–child pair from pregnancy through five years postpartum, the estimated cost is $14.2 billion for births in 2017, or an average of $32,000 for every mother–child pair affected but not treated.  In addition to national results, state-specific details are available for CaliforniaColorado, and Washington State.
  • Many factors can contribute to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including changes in hormones, biology, psychology, and environment.  These factors can vary from individual to individual and even from pregnancy to pregnancy for the same woman.
  • It’s important to look out for the women in our lives and make their mental health a priority. Have more questions about maternal mental health and what to look for? Visit our FAQ page.

Bring Awareness to the Critically Overlooked Issue of Maternal Mental Health

COVID-19 has thrown us all into a tizzy. Uncertainty and anxiety are at an all-time high right now. We’re seeing an increase in the number of Moms reaching out to us for resources and tips on how to handle the uncertainty before them.

To increase our capacity to provide resources and in collaboration with Maternal Mental Health Week (May 4-8), we will participate in GivingTuesdayNOW, on Tuesday, May 5.
Your support will help us be able to meet the needs of moms and their families during these intense times. 

This May, we will kick off the #facesofmotherhood challenge! The goal of this challenge is simple –celebrate all aspects of motherhood… the good, the bad, and the beautiful. We want to know, what does your version of motherhood look like? This month we are challenging you – snap a selfie, tag @postpartumsupportva and use these hashtags: #facesofmotherhood #motherhood #maternalmentalhealthmonth #postpartumsuportva #bringawareness #MMHWeek2020

Tag us in your #facesofmotherhood post and we’ll try and feature you on our own social media pages! Help us keep this challenge going and tag 3 of your friends to share their #facesofmotherhood. Together, let’s bring awareness to #maternalmentalhealth!

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