Maternal Mental Health (MMH)
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Having personally experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders has fueled my desire to raise awareness, lessen the stigma, educate, and be up-to-date on the best referrals to provide for moms, dads, parents, so that they can get the best help possible and move toward wellness of the complete person.
A Report from the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care states, "Maternal mental health (MMH) disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and the more rare but serious postpartum psychosis, affect one in five women, or 20 percent, during pregnancy or the first year following childbirth. Among those living in poverty, up to 50 percent may be affected. Maternal depression is the most common complication of pregnancy in the United States. Untreated MMH disorders have serious medical, societal, and economic consequences. Adverse birth outcomes, impaired bonding between infants and mothers, childhood behavioral problems, stresses on marriages and families, and significant financial expenses are associated with untreated MMH disorders."
Maternal mental health disorders can be serious, but are very treatable. There are some great resources here in Shasta County for women affected by perinatal mood disorders. Please reach out for help. You are not alone in the struggle, and you are not to blame. There are trustworthy people who truly want to help you. You will get through this!