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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
"And for the mothers—know there is no guilt in feeling distress. If you are struggling to feel joy during pregnancy or the postpartum period, speak up. You aren't alone in this, but you aren't a statistic, either: You are a strong mama who deserves to be heard." #mmhimke

https://www.mother.ly/news/listening-to-stories-not-just-statistics-will-help-us-address-prenatal-depression
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
""There's always been a stigma around mental health, and especially women and postpartum health...I think there's this misconception or perception out there on social media that you're given this baby and you should have your hair done, and be cooking dinner, and be happy about it.' But Pohler wants to remind people that when it comes to mental health—depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, etc.—'those are often really complex chemical and hormonal processes that are out of our own control.'" #mmhmke

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-anxiety-depression-pregnant-postpartum-women
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
The following images are taken from Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance's fact sheet on Maternal Mental Health. MMHLA continues to be a reliable and trusted resource in the perinatal mental health space and their fact sheets are no exception.

Please follow the link below to view this sheet in its entirety and to check-out their other fact sheets which include information on "The Fourth Trimester," "Peer Support," "Performance Measures" and "Psychiatry Access Programs". Thank you, Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance! #mmhimke

https://www.mmhla.org/factsheets/
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Trigger warning: birth trauma

"Even before giving birth, you are a parent and your baby’s number one advocate. Feel confident in knowing what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it." #mmhimke

https://www.romper.com/p/overcoming-birth-trauma-preparing-to-go-again-18685144
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
"Having a baby changes the structure of the brain so that regions that control empathy and anxiety have increased activity. That, along with hormonal changes, can make new moms react to a baby’s cry with intense feelings of protectiveness and worry. For mothers who experience a trauma during birth, the mama bear instinct increases because they were primed by the belief that something bad was going to happen to the baby or themselves." #mmhimke

https://www.romper.com/p/what-does-it-mean-if-my-babys-cries-make-me-anxious-youre-not-alone-65605
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
You are not your illness. With help, you will feel better. #mmhimke