Maternal Mental Health Matters
» The World Health Organization (WHO) describes the postnatal period (6 weeks post childbirth) as the most critical and yet the most neglected phase in the lives of mothers and babies.
» PPD is not a weakness. Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth. There is no guilt or shame in seeking help for the benefit of you, your baby, and your family.
» Maternal depression affects infant and childhood development by inhibiting a mother’s ability to respond to her baby’s cues.
» Babies and children need emotionally healthy mothers. A mother’s ability to attach and respond psychologically and emotionally with her baby provides the psychological foundation that an infant needs for healthy development.
» Postpartum anxiety and depression (PPD) is treatable.