More mothers experiencing postpartum mood issues during pandemic
It comes as no surprise that more mothers are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety now than before the pandemic. Researchers from the University of Alberta interviewed 900 new mothers and found that 40.7% of new moms had depressive symptoms compared to 15% before the pandemic. The study also said that 72% of new mothers felt moderate to high anxiety, a 43% increase from the number of new mothers reporting anxiety before the pandemic. Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Monica Ashton, Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group about why. Also on the show, Megan Johnson, co-founder of The Emily Effect, a Utah non-profit helping support moms with postpartum mood disorders. They discuss where women can find help.
Published: Monday July 13, 2020