Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the State of Michigan?
For the seventh year in a row, Michigan law makers have officially proclaimed the month of May, Postpartum Depression Awareness Month for the entire state.
Over 23,000 Michigan women and their families are affected by postpartum depression or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorder each year.
For many women and their families, pregnancy and the birth of a child are times of excitement and joy–that’s what most of us envision when someone is having a baby. However, for some women, this can be a sad, frightening and isolating experience.
1 out of every 7 new moms and 1 in 10 new dads experience some form of postpartum depression or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). PMAD is caused by a combination of biochemical and/or environmental/stress factors. Just as every person is unique, each person may experience this illness in her own way. Symptoms will vary from person to person, but may include tearfulness, anxiety, sadness, depression, irritability, feelings of panic, insomnia, loss of appetite, and obsessive thoughts. The best way to combat this illness is to educate the community, raise awareness, and provide screening to identify those who may be at a higher risk.
PMAD encompasses mood disorders from pregnancy until two years after a baby is born and includes depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PMAD is the most common complication of childbirth. If it goes untreated, there can be serious complications for moms, babies, and families. Consequences include disruption in mother-baby bonding, interruption in the infant’s development, family and relationship conflicts, and in serious cases, can lead to suicide or infanticide.
PMAD impacts the lives of women, babies, and their loved ones. It may impact you or someone you love. PMAD is the most common complication of childbirth, yet it can go undiagnosed and untreated. It is imperative that we educate those around us about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders while working to reduce the stigma so that women can get early treatment.
How Pine Rest Can Help with PMAD
Pine Rest provides treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and paternal depression at all levels of care, including postpartum support groups, outpatient counseling and therapy, partial hospitalization (day) programs and inpatient hospitalization.
If you are seeking a counselor in your area specializing in postpartum depression, anxiety and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, please call:
[In Michigan and Iowa] 866.852.4001
Class: Reducing Your Risk for Postpartum Depression
You can reduce your risk by making a plan and working with our staff to learn the warning signs of PMAD, identify and strengthen your resources, learn what actions you can take to boost health and reduce risk and get information on postpartum community resources. Check our Events section to find the next class in your area.
Postpartum Support Group
If you are struggling with lack of sleep, feeding issues, anxiety, being overwhelmed, etc., you could benefit from attending a support group. Check our Events section to find a group near you.
Mother and Baby Intensive Day Program
Only one of three like it in the United States, the Mother and Baby Program provides daily treatment for postpartum depression, anxiety and other perinatal mood disorders in an environment which enhances mother-baby bonding. Our program includes a nursery, allowing mothers to bring their babies with them to treatment, eliminating barriers to women seeking treatment such as separation from the baby, child care and feeding issues.
This program is currently available only at the Michigan Pine Rest campus.
Our inpatient units are designed for persons who experience significant behavioral health issues and provide a safe environment in which persons can begin to heal. Services are currently available only at the Michigan Pine Rest campus.