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  • Writer's pictureSarah McCann

Are You Suffering from Maternal Mental Health Issues?

On May 5th, 2003 I had my first babies. They were twins, so my learning curve was steep. I had wanted to have children for years, but it hadn’t been my blessing until that day. It was an amazing day and I have cherished the opportunity to be a mom ever since. Motherhood is challenging and mental health challenges are often misunderstood or unrecognized.

May 6th was World Maternal Mental Health Day. The strength and grit of mothers is incredible, but many are often hit by a variety of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) or postpartum depression. “In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experiences some type of PMAD. These illnesses frequently go unnoticed and untreated, often with tragic long-term consequences to both mother and child.”

Having a new baby is a truly wonderous experience, but a variety of things can cause us extra strain. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is a sign of strength to seek for the support you need. Ask questions of those you trust who might understand your struggles and seek help so you and your child may receive the best support and care possible.

Ask the new moms you know how she’s really feeling and encourage her to seek help when needed.

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