Maternal Mental Health
Updated: Sep 28, 2018
Did you know?
Approximately 15% of pregnant women significant depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
One third of these women start experiencing symptoms for the first time during pregnancy - a time when well-meaning friends, family and even health care providers may dismiss their symptoms as “normal.” These women are often asked, “What’s wrong with you? You should be feeling happy and excited.”
This reaction bolsters the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and can cause women to avoid talking to their medical providers about what they are experiencing.
Half of the women experiencing symptoms during pregnancy will not seek help!
Many cannot afford behavioral health care, and still others cannot find trained behavioral health providers either due to insurance limitations, transportation problems, and language barriers.
Nearly all find it takes weeks to get an appointment and be seen by a trained professional for counseling and treatment.
Untreated depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on both mother and unborn baby
A new mother’s confidence in herself and her ability to bond with her new baby or other children in the home can be affected by untreated mental health concerns.
Her ability to ask for, and receive help from, her medical providers and support network can be impaired.
The experience can feel isolating, frightening, and devastating to a new mother.
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