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Universal Screening for Maternal Mental Health Disorders

March 21, 2022

Maternal mental health (MMH) disorders, like postpartum depression, are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting on average, 1 in 5 mothers. Rates are higher among those facing economic challenges and among certain racial groups. For example, rates of maternal depression are more than doubled for Black than White mothers. When left untreated, these disorders can cause devastating consequences for the mother, the baby, family, and society. Many people, including health care providers, are not familiar with the signs and symptoms of these disorders, to easily recognize an MMH disorder. With the incidence of MMH disorders on the rise, it is even more critical that these disorders are detected and treated. The use of researchvalidated screening tools (questionnaires) to identify those who may be suffering, are now universally recommended. However, because of several complicating factors, screening has not been universally implemented.

A Significant Solution for Maternal Mental Health: Certified Peer Specialists

March 23, 2021

Nearly 1 in 51, women struggle with maternal mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, yet most go untreated. Though maternal mental health has garnered increased attention over recent years, women continue to experience a lack of consistent and accessible standard of care in the United States, in part due to a scarcity of qualified and financiallyaccessible mental health providers.