Support for Moms with Perinatal Mood Disorders

Sometimes pregnancy and birth bring other emotions rather than joy. Perinatal mood disorders (PMD) can occur during pregnancy and up to a year after delivery. Depression is the most well recognized symptom. However, the list can also include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

PMD is the number one complication of childbirth. Approximately one in seven women suffer elevated symptoms of PMD during pregnancy or up to the first year after giving birth. However, that number is a guess. There is unnecessary stigma attached to these symptoms, and women are reluctant to report them, for fear that people will think they are crazy or take the baby from their care.

Much of the suffering is needless. Perinatal mood disorders are highly treatable. NOCHS has pioneered successful screening for PMD, both before and after delivery. Therapy and support groups can work wonders in alleviating or eliminating the symptoms.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, NOCHS can help. Please contact Laura Bronold, Perinatal Mood Disorders Coordinator, at 616.847.5512 for information and support.

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