MMHLA encourages sharing these educational and informative Fact Sheets.

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH OVERVIEW

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.

DADS & DEPRESSION

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.

FOURTH TRIMESTER

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.

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH: BLACK WOMEN AND BIRTHING PEOPLE

Almost 40% of Black mothers and birthing people experience MMH conditions.  Compared to white women, Black women are twice as likely to experience MMH conditions but half as likely to receive treatment.  This Fact Sheet discusses how social determinants of health impact Black people, includes information about Black-women led organizations addressing maternal health, and identifies barriers to care as well as strategies to overcome these barriers.

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Many organizations in the field of maternal mental health offer training opportunities, from a free 1-hour overview webinar to in-depth certificate and/or CME trainings.  This Fact Sheet includes trainings from organizations including 2020 Mom, the Postpartum Stress Center, Postpartum Support International, the Seleni Institute, and the new National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry.

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE

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 AND MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH

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

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

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

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

Maternal Suicide

National Curriculum In Reproductive Psychiatry

Reproductive Psychiatry Fellowship Programs

Screening Recommendations

Steps to Wellness