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Emotional wellness is an essential component to the care that we provide our mothers here at Dignity Health. In addition to the excellent care they receive at the bedside, we screen every new mother for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and work to link those who need them to resources critical to their care needs.
A list of local maternal emotional resources is available here.
In addition to these resources we encourage you to download the Dignity Health My Baby app. My Baby includes important information and links to a tool used to screen for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Six Things Every New Mother and Mother-to-Be Should Know About Maternal Depression
Maternal depression is common.
It is the number one complication of pregnancy. In the United States, 15 to 20 percent of new moms, or about 1 million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and some studies suggest that number may be even higher. You are not alone!
Maternal depression can affect any woman regardless of age, income, culture, or education.
You might experience some of these symptoms:
Some of the ways women describe their feelings include: