The United States is Experiencing A Maternal Mental Health Crisis.
Mental health conditions are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting at least 1 in 5 mothers or childbearing people (800,000 families) each year in the United States.
The cost of not treating maternal mental health conditions is $32,000 per mother-infant pair totaling $14.2 billion nationally.
Suicide and overdose are the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum with 100% of these deaths deemed preventable.
Left untreated, these illnesses can have long-term negative impacts on parents, babies, families, and society.
75% of women experiencing maternal mental health conditions do not get the care needed for recovery.
Individuals of color and individuals who live in low income neighborhoods are more likely to experience maternal mental health conditions and less likely to be able to access care.
How We are Working to Solve this Crisis
Providing resources and therapy to women, families and children by highly trained mental health professionals who specialize in perinatal mental health.
Partnering with birthing centers around the Birmingham area to provide screening to caregivers pre and postpartum.
Spreading awareness and educating mothers and families of the effects of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Why Treatment Is Important
When Maternal Mental Health (MMH) is left undiagnosed and untreated, the conditions can lead to long-term adverse health consequences for the birthing person, their infant, and family. Preventing and consistently treating MMH conditions is a crucial component in fighting the larger maternal mortality and morbidity crisis in the United States, and in promoting healthier communities overall. We aim to support pregnant people and their families pre and postpartum.
You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.