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3 Things to Know About Maternal Mental Health

This content has been updated from previous article on March 19, 2021. 800,000 new mothers are affected by a maternal mental health disorder each year in the United States. One in five new moms is affected but 75 percent of those women go without professional evaluation and treatment. Untreated maternal mental health disorders impact the mother, baby, family, and society as a whole and contribute to the incredibly high rate of suicide and overdose in postpartum moms. Aftermath of COVID-19 and Postpartum Mental Health The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in the frequency and severity of mental health disorders in our pregnant and postpartum moms. Social isolation and lack of access to support, as well as financial and relationship stress has caused the rates of maternal mental health disorders to triple. According to a study published in 2022, 1 in 3 new mothers during the early part of the pande...

By Dr Rachel J Dalthorp, MD

Published: October 30, 2023
Read Time: 4 Minutes
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3 Things to Know About Maternal Mental Health