Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Postpartum Depression Impacts Families Deeply

1 in 7 pregnant and new mothers experience depression or anxiety. 1 in 10 new fathers may experience depression or anxiety. That's why I sponsored legislation that created a special legislative commission to address postpartum depression (PPD) in the Commonwealth. 

As a member of this Commission, I want you to know about an upcoming date for a virtual awareness day on May 5th. The Commission is tasked with looking at policy initiatives to address perinatal mental health and promote mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Our Commissioners include women who have lived experience with PPD, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and more. The Commission seeks to improve resources for perinatal mood disorders available to women and their families.