Recovery &
Mental Health

Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are other forms of mood and anxiety disorders that a new parent can develop around the time of childbirth. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy, and up to the first 12 months after giving birth. The good news? There are mental health resources and treatment options to help you recover — because your health matters.

Baby Blues & Depression: Maternal Mental Health

depression mental health resources

“100% of Healthy Start participants are screened for depression!”

 

– 2020 Healthy Start Progress Report

Infant and Toddler Mental Health

toddler mental health resources
“Infant mental health” refers to a child’s social and emotional development from birth to age three. It’s the foundation for future development, and is supported by everyone engaging in your child’s life.

There are some great local providers who specialize with early mental health.

“Postpartum depression can be treated with medications called antidepressants. Talk therapy also is used to treat depression, often in combination with medications.”

 

– American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Substance Use Support

substance abuse mental health resources

The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs — or misuse of prescription drugs — by pregnant women can lead to severe health consequences for babies. This is because many substances pass easily from mom to baby through the placenta, or even through breast milk after childbirth.

“Healthy Start has two focuses. The first is supporting staff in getting trainings to be equipped to support families. The second is supporting clients in thriving through physical and mental/emotional needs. ”

 

– Rachel Riehl, Aviva Health

Quit Smoking

Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems for developing babies, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip. Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Additionally, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products containing nicotine (the addictive drug found in tobacco) are not safe to use during pregnancy. Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies, and can damage an infant’s brain and lungs. Also, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing baby.

“Early childhood and caregiver mental health services are foundational for whole-person wellness; mental health should be considered just as important as physical health, particularly for growing children. ”

 

– Alison Hinson, Founder/Director of Juniper Tree Counseling & PNTF Member

Addiction Treatment for Mothers

Addiction Treatment
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, and would like to seek support with addiction treatment, there are some great local resources available to you:
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