MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH – MATERNAL DEPRESSION

Maternal Depression 2Communities thrive when families are living happy, healthy lives, and that often starts at home with mom and dad.

Maternal depression lasts longer than “baby blues.” If your symptoms have lasted longer than 2-3 weeks, you should be screened for Maternal Depression (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders).

  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
    Maternal depression effects 20% of mothers in Erie County, making it the most common complication of child birth.

  • WITH HELP, YOU WILL BE.
    Maternal Depression/Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are treatable.
    Watch this helpful video.

  • PROTECT YOURSELF
    Knowing the risks and symptoms can help protect you and are a vital part to the healing process.
RISK FACTORS FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION
  • Age (younger and older mothers)
  • Birth complications
  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Living in urban areas
  • Low income
  • Isolation /Lack of social support (COVID-19 increased)
  • Stress
  • Education Level
  • Marital Status
  • Interpersonal violence
SYMPTOMS OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of Hopelessness
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or your children