National survey of healthy women finds postpartum mental health not adequately addressed during critical time for mother
Sage Therapeutics, Inc.’s “Check on Mom” ââProgram Provides Maternal Mental Health Resources for New and Future Moms
Posted: October 26, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. EDT|Update: 42 minutes ago
MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey, October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – HealthyWomen, the nation’s leading independent, non-profit health resource for women, today announced the results of a national survey of more than 1,000 American adults sponsored by Sage Therapeutics , Inc., which outlines the realities of maternal mental health and the urgency of helping moms build a support system in the fourth trimester (the first 12 weeks after a baby is born) – a critical postpartum period. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in eight mothers in United States report symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) each year. The results of the Healthy Women 2021 survey reinforce the need for increased planning and support for maternal mental well-being.
According to the survey, while the majority of pregnant women (76%) created a birth plan before their baby arrived, only 21% created a plan focused on their own maternal mental health after the baby was born. Additionally, most mothers said it was important to have a group of friends and family members to take the initiative to support them and believe that sleep and the ability to take time to take self-care would benefit their mental health and well-being.
“The days and weeks after birth can be a very vulnerable time for moms. They are often so busy with the baby that they don’t prioritize their own mental health and well-being,” said Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen. âPPD is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy and childbirth. It is important to have a support system in place and for the mother and her loved ones to know the signs and symptoms of PPD and seek help if needed. Creating a plan that prioritizes a mother’s mental well-being during the fourth trimester and beyond can be just as important as creating a birth plan, but this crucial preparation doesn’t take place. “
Additional survey highlights include:
- Nine out of 10 new moms felt pressured to ‘do it all’ on their own after the baby was born
- Of the new moms who said they didn’t discuss or didn’t want to discuss their symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) with anyone, more than a third said they didn’t want to ” disturb nobody âas the reason; other reasons included guilt and embarrassment.
- 84% of people who served in a support role for a new mom said it would have been helpful to have a maternal mental wellness plan that prioritizes mom’s mental health in the fourth trimester
Preparing for the changes that come with a growing family and having a support system in place are essential to supporting a mother’s mental health and are the goals of Check mom, a new program launched by Sage Therapeutics, Inc. Research shows mothers are more likely to have PPD if they receive no support or minimal support from family, friends or the community after birth than women who receive appropriate support. Other risk factors for PPD include a family history of depression, increased stressors, and hormonal changes related to pregnancy.
Check mom provides information and resources to help women prepare for and get the support they may need during the fourth trimester, including a tool to help create a maternal mental wellness plan that captures the needs of each mother and postpartum priorities; an opportunity to nominate a group of trusted friends and family members (a team of moms) to assist during the postpartum period and who can receive a bracelet as a portable reminder to continue registering for the fourth trimester and beyond; and access to ongoing inspiring content, useful information and advice. This program is not a substitute for discussions with a healthcare professional, who is the best resource for individual medical advice.
To register and learn more about Check mom and how to proactively prepare for the fourth trimester, visit MyCheckOnMom.com.
About the survey
In August 2021, HealthyWomen conducted an online survey in United States over 1,000 new mothers of children under 2, pregnant women over 18 and care partners.
About Sage Therapeutics, Inc.
Sage Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development of new therapies that can transform the lives of people with debilitating brain disorders. We pursue new avenues to improve brain health, and our depression, neurology and neuropsychiatry franchise programs aim to change the way brain disorders are thought about and treated. Our mission is to make drugs that matter so people can get better, sooner. For more information, please visit www.sagerx.com.
HealthyWomen is the leading independent, nonprofit health information resource for women. Its mission is to educate women to make informed health choices for themselves and their families by providing objective, research-based health information. For over 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health questions. For more information, please visit www.FemmesSaines.org or follow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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