According to the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health —
- Maternal Mental Health disorders impact 15-20% of pregnant women and women in the postpartum period (year after birth), yet most are never diagnosed and treated.
- By conservative estimates, this means more than 600,000 women in the U.S. suffer each year.
- These experiences can have lasting consequences on a mother and her family including her infant’s cognitive and behavioral development, the well being of other children and her relationship stability.
One of the simple things to do when you feel down is to speak up. A lot of people can help. Use the hashtag #MomsMatter to spread the word.
And here’s a beautiful video about speaking up when you’re feeling down, with music from the talented Deborah Pardes.