We are grateful to our Ambassadors. Here is another in a series intended to showcase our advocates and team members and their story in the arena of maternal mental health care.
GERMANTOWN, TN – I am a mother of two and a pediatric occupational therapist. I love empowering families and focused my clinical doctorate on training occupational therapists how to screen mothers for postpartum depression. I have also experienced postpartum anxiety and witness firsthand the gaps in maternal care. This experience highlighted how much more work needs to be done to support mothers. It is why I decided to become a 2020 Mom Ambassador.
Q: 2020 Mom’s mission is to close gaps in maternal mental health care. What’s your big hope for how 2020 Mom can fulfill this bold mission?
A: I would love for maternal mental health to be a conversation throughout pregnancy/postpartum appointments as well as pediatric well-child visits. Weight and stomach growth are always checked and mental health should be too!
Q: What compelled you to work with 2020 Mom?
A: I experienced postpartum anxiety after my daughter was born prematurely. Being knowledgeable about MMH and my risks factors, I was shocked how my mental health was barely addressed throughout my daughter's NICU stay and our follow-up doctor’s appointments. I wanted to become an Ambassador to bring more awareness to MMH, bring mothers together, and advocate change within my community.
Q: What do you love about 2020 Mom?
A: I love 2020 Mom's mission, closing gaps in maternal mental health care, and their drive to be a change agent for maternal mental health.
Q: If you could choose to have a superpower, what would it be and why?
A: Is Mary Poppins a superpower? She has a magical bag that always has what she needs inside and she can clean a house by snapping a finger!
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