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What is perinatal mental health and why is it important?
Perinatal Mental Health refers to a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Most care of babies takes place in the home, and the care of a nurturing family can easily be compromised by mental health conditions that may surface when a child is born. Help with parenting, as well as timely individual mental health treatment as needed, are both important to address this sobering failure and the toll that perinatal mental health conditions take on American babies, mothers, fathers, and the entire family unit.
Perinatal mental health & what you need to know…
Some women are at greater risk for developing PMADs because they have one or more risk factors, such as:
- Symptoms of depression during or after a previous pregnancy
- Infertility treatments
- Previous experience with depression or bipolar disorder at another time in her life
- A family member who has been diagnosed with depression or other mental illness
- A stressful life event during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth, such as job loss, death of a loved one, domestic violence, or personal illness
- Medical complications during childbirth, including premature delivery or having a baby with medical problems (including a NICU stay)
- Mixed feelings about the pregnancy, whether it was planned or unplanned
- A lack of strong emotional support from her spouse, partner, family, or friends
- Alcohol or other drug abuse problems.
- High expectations, particularly about breastfeeding
- Certain personality traits, including perfectionist tendencies or difficulty handling transitions
- Colicky, difficult, or demanding baby
Postpartum depression can affect any woman regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or economic status. Some women may experience a PMAD even without any of the risk factors mentioned.
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- Postpartum Support International – Warmline – 1-800-944-4773
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- Bloom Foundation for Maternal Wellness
- National Perinatal Association
If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking of suicide, get help quickly.
- Call your doctor.
- Call 911 for emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).
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