Maternal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Congressional Briefing

May 19, 2020    1:30 — 2:30 pm EDT

The pandemic is impacting mental health, especially of new mothers and mothers-to-be, with a disproportionate impact on women of color and women living in poverty.

Speakers shared their experience with maternal mental health, policy recommendations to best support new and pregnant mothers,

and tips and techniques for managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic.

Policy Recommendations Discussed During the Briefing

Resources Shared During the Briefing


Sponsored By

In Coordination With

Co-Sponsored By

Black Maternal Health Caucus

Congressional Mental Health Caucus

Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care

Speakers and Panelists

Lauren Underwood
Member of Congress

Jamie Belsito
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance

Terri Wright

Adrienne Griffen
Maternal Mental Health
Leadership Alliance
Executive Director

Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA
March of Dimes
Chief Medical Officer

Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH
DC Mayor’s Lactation Commission
Mother, Doula, Advocate

Pooja Lakshmin, MD
George Washington University
Associate Professor of Psychiatry