Mommy Mentors Help Fight The Stigma Of Postpartum Mood Disorder

According to the American Psychological Association, almost 15 percent of moms suffer from a postpartum mood disorder like anxiety or depression, making maternal mental health concerns the most common complication of childbirth in the U.S. And even though these mental illnesses affect millions of women each year, new research shows 20 percent of mothers don’t disclose their symptoms to healthcare providers.

“I was surprised how many women did not report their symptoms. This is concerning because it highlights many moms are not receiving the professional help they need,” says Betty-Shannon Prevatt, lead author of a recent study published in the journal Maternal and Child Health and a psychologist and Ph.D. student in applied social and community psychology at NC State University.