A happy time filled with excitement and joy – that’s what most of us envision when someone is having a baby. For many women, this is not a reality.
Nearly 20% (1 out of every 5) women will experience some form of depression or other perinatal mood disorder (PMD) during pregnancy or after having a baby.
PMD 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). Alongside women, more than 1 in 10 men experience postpartum depression.
PMD is the most common complication of childbirth. If it goes untreated, there can be serious complications for moms, babies and families including:
- Disruption in mother-baby bonding
- Interruption in the infant’s development
- Family and relationship conflicts
- In serious cases, can lead to suicide or infanticide
Do you have questions? Need to find resources?
Not sure where to start?
IN MICHIGAN: Call 844.MOM.HOPE (844.666.4673)
IN IOWA: Call 844.PMD.HOPE (844.763.4673)
Our free and confidential HOPElines can connect you with help and resources. Everyone...moms, partners, parents, siblings, friends, physicians...are welcome! Toll-free and confidential. Calls returned within 1 business day. (Please note the separate HOPEline numbers for Michigan and Iowa residents.)