Maternal Mental Health Disorders
Maternal Mental Health (MMH) disorders, include a range of disorders including depression, anxiety and psychosis and can occur within pregnancy or the postpartum period (together often referred to as the perinatal period). When left untreated these disorders can cause devastating consequences for the mother, her baby, her family and society.
These illnesses can be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors, such lack of support.
Maternal anxiety and depression are the most common complications of childbirth, impacting up to 1 in 5 women, yet they are not commonly screened for or treated.
2020 Mom is working with health care systems to close these gaps so all women and families can thrive. In the mean time when a woman isn't screened/diagnosed and is suffering, it is necessary for mothers and families to advocate for themselves.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale can be used as a self-test for depression during and after pregnancy. If you think you might have depression, take this simple test and use the scoring system indicated below.
If you are experiencing signs of a maternal mental health disorder, find help HERE.