Rebecca Hartley-Woods, advocate for perinatal mood disorders and doula, photographed at the Hillsborough County Children’s Board in Tampa, FL.
Rebecca Hartley-Woods, mental health advocate and doula, discusses her personal experience with perinatal mood disorders and her work founding a non-profit that sheds light on perinatal mood disorders that 1 in 7 moms experience. We talk about the gap between mental health professionals and maternal health professionals and why so many women fall through the cracks, never receiving help. She shares her own experience with postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD and OCD. We also discuss antenatal depression, signs and symptoms, therapy, resources, as well as Rebecca’s background as a public worker and current work as a doula.
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Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include a wide range of experiences and disorders, including postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety, postpartum PTSD, postpartum OCD postpartum psychosis, antenatal/prenatal depression, and more.
1 in 7 American women experience postpartum depression (study here)
Perinatal mood disorders are the #1 complication of pregnancy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that every woman should be screened for depression and anxiety during the perinatal period
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: a screening tool (though not a diagnosis) for depression and anxiety
Postpartum Support International– including support for family members.
Find help for dealing with perinatal mood disorders in the U.S. or internationally HERE
If you need help right away:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website
Postpartum Society of Florida– search for help with postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorder by zip code
Suggested reading list on perinatal mood disorders