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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
Moms everywhere are affected. #mmhimke

"The most important thing for new mothers, is to remember that what they’re going through now is in no way a reflection of their worth or their capability as mother. It is temporary, treatable and not at all uncommon ― they do not have to weather postpartum depression or anxiety alone."

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/pandemic-mental-health-anxiety-postpartum-depression_ca_5efbaf80c5b6ca9709162f78
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
"It’s too soon to definitively say what postpartum care means for soon-to-be and new moms who are buying blood pressure cuffs and being referred to telepsychiatry. But as rates of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) rise amidst a pandemic, here’s a more nuanced look at the effect virtual care could have on moms." #mmhimke

https://www.instyle.com/beauty/health-fitness/virtual-prenatal-postpartum-care-maternal-health-crisis
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
"We've heard from women and men that their anxiety is really increased, first in response to news of a global pandemic, and second in response to the stressors of social isolation and decreased access to healthcare — on top of anxiety about 'what's going to happen to me in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in this time?'" #mmhimke

https://www.insider.com/coronavirus-linked-high-rates-depression-anxiety-pregnant-women-new-moms-2020-6
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
"The likelihood of maternal trauma, the fact that there are so many unknowns for women heading into their birthing process - that has an incredible impact on a birthing person's mental health, on the development of their child. Now more than ever, we've got to be especially intentional about how our society talks about, and addresses, perinatal mental health." #mmhimke

https://www.chron.com/news/article/Coronavirus-puts-high-stress-on-new-moms-15355452.php
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Moms Mental Health Initiative
Sharing this insightful presentation on black motherhood in the US by psychologist, doula and mother, Dr. Sayida Peprah and supporting her efforts to change the dialogue around supporting birth for mothers of color. #mmhimke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVH-absg7q4&feature=youtu.be&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=fffa9cf1-b1a5-410d-90ab-5c85f397a0e8
Moms Mental Health Initiative
6.13.20 Town Hall: Dr. Sayida Peprah
Black Motherhood in the US
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