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Moms Mental Health Initiative

We get it. As moms who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as PPD and PPA personally and helped others professionally, we can imagine what you’re going through now. We have been there. We are familiar with the pain and darkness of these illnesses, as well as the hopelessness. We also know it gets better, a lot better. Finding the right treatment and support means finding the joy and peace you deserve. If feeling an ounce of hope is what it takes to make it through another day, we want to provide that hope to as many moms as we can. We started Moms Mental Health Initiative because we want to help more moms reach the light at the end of this dark and lonely tunnel. We know how difficult finding the right help can be, so we want to make the task easier. Above all, we want you to be confident knowing that the process of recovery will help you come into a “new normal” and—although it is hard to see—you will gain wisdom along the way. If you need someone to talk to, there are many resources to call on—at any time. We can be a support and connect you to those resources as well.
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
How relatable are these drawings!? #mmhimke

"Bone said she hopes her work serves as a reminder that motherhood ― in all its glory and in all its hardships ― isn’t something you have to go it alone. 'Reach out to other mamas who get it ― feel free to message me! ― and know you are not alone...If you’re struggling with PPD, know that you are enough, and you will find yourself again.'"

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mom-draws-comics-new-mothers-postpartum-depression_l_5f5fe2c4c5b68d1b09c654d0
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
So excited to share about this resource from Motherhood Understood!

"Maternal Mental Health In Minutes is our hub of educational videos breaking down pregnancy and postpartum mental health illnesses and treatments and providing you with ALL the easy-to-access, easy-to-understand information you need to know to feel supported postpartum and prepared in case of a mental health issue which affects 1 in 5 mamas each year."
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Motherhood Understood
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! INTRODUCING MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN MINUTES - Motherhood Understood's new educational video library breaking down pregnancy and postpartum mental health illnesses and treatments into ALL the easy-to-access and easy-to-understand information you need to feel supported postpartum and prepared in the case of a mental health illness which affects 1 in 5 (probably more) mamas each year.
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I am BEYOND EXCITED TO launch this project I have been working on for over the last year that I have been able to build by winning the 2019 @healthevoices Impact Fund Grant sponsored by @janssenglobal (the pharmaceutical arm of @jnj).
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With being/becoming a mother during a global pandemic that has created even more isolation for us, I couldn't think of a better time to launch our central hub of educational videos that includes topics about:
*Symptoms to look out for
*Mental health professionals
*How to talk to your doctor
*Risk factors
*Scary, intrusive thoughts
*Medications (including safe ones for pregnancy and breastfeeding
* Help and tips for partners
* Mental health and miscarriage/loss
* Advice for family and friends
* And more!
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Sharing this education should be the norm during pregnancy as standard care. If I had known how to recognize what was happening to me postpartum and knew exactly what to do, I would have gotten help faster, gotten better quicker, and missed less of my son's first year.
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Mama, if you feel like something is wrong, you are NOT ALONE, you did NOTHING WRONG, you are NOT A BAD MOM, and have NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED of. There is help out there and you DON'T HAVE TO SIT IN YOUR SUFFERING ANY LONGER.
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Visit Maternal Mental Health in Minutes which is located at Motherhood Understood's YouTube Channel (http://bit.ly/MMHinMinutes) and subscribe.
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And a HUGE thank you to Lisa Tremayne (@mhwnetwork, @the_bloom_foundation_) and Dr. Jessica Zucker (@Ihadamiscarriage) for their clinical and professional reviews and edits of our videos.
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
"The good news is that over the last decade, we have learned a lot about medication safety during pregnancy. We now compare the risk of untreated disease to the risk of exposing the baby to medications. Some risks do exist...However, they occur at the same rate in moms with moderate to severe PMADs as in those taking antidepressants." #mmhimke

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/beyond-the-egg-timer/202009/5-myths-about-medications-during-pregnancy
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Trigger warning: intrusive thoughts

"Intrusive thoughts and 'what if' thinking are a common part of new parenthood. Some 90% of new parents report them, according to research. To some extent, your brain is hardwired for increased vigilance postpartum (this helps you protect your baby). It’s something that holds especially true now as new parents head home amidst a pandemic and are worried about not only their new baby, but the safety of the world around them." #mmhimke

https://www.instyle.com/beauty/health-fitness/postpartum-ocd-mental-health-disorder
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Trigger warning: suicide. Please honor where you are today and refrain from reading this article if you are feeling vulnerable.

This article deals with one mom's painful battle with postpartum anxiety and depression; one that ultimately cost her her life. Coming out of Maternal Suicide Awareness week, Kristin's story highlights the ways healthcare systems often fall short when it comes to available resources and adequate care. We must do better. If we don't, we will continue to read stories like Kristin's with tragic outcomes that could have been prevented. #mmhimke

“The problem seems to be we either put people into units and shut the door or they are in the community where we struggle. Kristin was too ill to stay at home but most of the time not ill enough to be on a ward.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/122684664/young-mother-takes-life-after-postnatal-depression?fbclid=IwAR1svEP3EObAZEJlO_hR6Cddj2mSnEn6gzWqr6OUo0Sk_DUHi2HbapmE0KY
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
No one chooses to experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. It is not your fault and it, in no way, determines who you are as mom. It can and will get better. Keep fighting. #mmhimke