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The Maternal Mental Health Fact Sheet includes information about facts & figures, signs & symptoms, consequences of untreated MMH conditions, and steps to wellness. This Fact Sheet was prepared with input from an editorial team representing the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, and public health.
Fathers, spouses, and partners can also experience mood changes with a new baby in the household. Up to 10% of new fathers will experience postpartum depression or anxiety. This Fact Sheet provides facts and figures about dads and depression, including supports and resources for recovery.
This Fact Sheet highlights the Fourth Trimester (the first 3 months following birth) as a much-needed time of rest, recovery, and transition for new mothers. All too often, the focus is on the baby, not the mother. However, new mothers need to recover from the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and new parenthood.
Suicide and overdose combined are the leading cause of death for women in the first year following pregnancy. Reports from several state Maternal Mortality Review Committees indicate that the peak incidence of suicide is 6-9 months postpartum, underscoring the need to continue to educate and screen women for mental health conditions throughout the entire year following pregnancy.
Medicaid covers approximately 50% of births in the United States, including 66% of births to Black mothers. In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act gave states permission to extend pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage from 60 days to one year postpartum, ensuring new mothers are not left uninsured at a medically-vulnerable time in their lives.
Peer support is an important component in recovering from a maternal mental health (MMH) condition. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social, or practical help to each other. This Fact Sheet discusses the importance of peer support during the perinatal period and provides links to peer support providers and resources.
Performance measures for screening and treatment for postpartum depression were introduced in 2020. This Fact Sheet explains how these new health care measures will be used, discusses the practical implications of these new measures, and outlines the impact of performance measures in the context of health care.
Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs build capacity for frontline providers to address maternal mental health by providing education, consultation, and resources & referrals. This Fact Sheet provides information about how Access Programs can help promote the health of mothers and children.
ADDITIONAL FACT SHEETS COMING SOON!
FDA Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling
National Curriculum In Reproductive Psychiatry
Reproductive Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
Steps to Wellness