Understandably, there is a huge focus on a mother's prenatal care and physical well-being throughout pregnancy. Emotional health and well-being is just as important, but maternal mental health is often overlooked. Even outside of pregnancy, there is a stigma associated with seeking help and support for mental health conditions. At least 1 in 7 moms will experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder throughout pregnancy and/or the postpartum period, more commonly known as postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA). With society's high expectations and pressures placed on new parents, it can be difficult and scary to reach out for help. Raising awareness, providing education, and routine screenings are crucial to supporting new moms and dads. My background in social work and the mental health field has led me to incorporate the maternal mental health component to my doula services so that in the chance clients experience these symptoms they feel more equipped and prepared to handle this challenge.
What can you expect from me?
As part of your prenatal visits we will discuss:
· Maternal & paternal mental health statistics
· Risk factors for PPD & PPA
· Ways to prepare for postpartum period
· Myths & truths surrounding maternal mental health
· Baby blues--how does this differ?
· Symptoms of PPD & PPA
· Treatment options
· Referrals as needed
screening questionnaires will be administered
during prenatal and postpartum visits