What a year 2020 has been! Since the global pandemic, racial unrest and contentious election have been shared experiences by all Americans, some say that we are all in the same boat. The truth is, however, that while we are all navigating the turbulent waters of the same storm, we are each in boats of different sizes.
Regardless of the size of your boat, Maternal Mental Health NOW is here to provide safe harbor to you and to all new and expectant families and the providers that care for them.
Maternal Mental Health NOW has helped to make the birthing experiences of Black women healthier and more hopeful by engaging with our partner iDREAM for Racial Health Equity to provide trainings on cultural humility to over 125 maternity care providers associated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Watts Healthcare and Eisner Health. We have supported health care institutions and systems better respond to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through ongoing training and technical assistance. And we have been facilitating support groups directly to pregnant and postpartum women giving birth throughout the pandemic.
A recent study found that rates of clinically significant depression and anxiety symptoms have more than doubled among pregnant and postpartum women during the pandemic. COVID-19 has changed these women’s pregnancies, deliveries and postpartum periods entirely. The result is fear, guilt, grief, loneliness, isolation and strained family dynamics.
As we enter 2021, we have our work cut out for us. Looking ahead, Maternal Mental Health NOW is committed to continuing our work to connect families in need to timely, culturally appropriate and informed perinatal mental health resources in quick fashion.
Together, we can provide new families safe harbor from the storms. Make a contribution to Maternal Mental Health NOW and your gift will be matched thanks to the generosity of our Governing Council - up to $10,000.
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