The period when a person is pregnant and after the baby is born is called the “perinatal period.” Perinatal mental health specialty focuses on helping pregnant people and new parents cope with the significant emotional challenges they face.
An estimated 15%–20% of women experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, and 1 in 10 fathers experience perinatal depression. (Postpartum Support International)
All pregnant and postpartum people should be screened for mood and anxiety disorders, especially if they have risk factors for the development of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADS.) Risk factors include:
Your therapist specializing in perinatal mental health will provide valuable information on how to prevent mood and anxiety disorders during, and after pregnancy, and provide a range of effective treatment options to manage symptoms should they develop.
Please visit our Perinatal Mental Health Resource page for valuable information.