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Perinatal Mental Health Program

Pregnancy and the time after the birth of a child are assumed to be among the happiest times in a woman's life. Yet, as many as 15-20% of women will develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth, often feeling significantly distressed and unable to cope. If you are currently pregnant or have had a baby in the past year and are concerned about any of the following symptoms, you may have a perinatal mental health concern:

Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Concerns »

Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Concerns


•  Depressed and/or irritable much of the time

•  Bouts of crying

•  Sleep disturbances

•  Loss of appetite

•  Anxiety or panic attacks

•  Fatigue, apathy, loss of energy

•  Poor concentration

•  Avoiding going out

•  Negative feelings about motherhood

•  In severe cases, suicidal thoughts or attempts