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Women face unique challenges and experiences as they transition into motherhood. Maternal mental health refers to a mother’s emotional and psychological well-being, both during and after pregnancy. It also includes preventing, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions impacting pregnant individuals and new mothers.

One in seven mothers experience mood and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy (perinatal) or after childbirth. This is often referred to as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). PMADs can arise from a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, biological vulnerability, psychological stressors, physical health issues, social isolation, past trauma and more.

At Atrium Health’s Maternal Wellness Program, we offer compassionate mental health care during and after your pregnancy. Our specialized services are designed to help improve your mood, reduce depression or anxiety, and strengthen your connection with your child.

If you’re experiencing mood and anxiety symptoms during or after pregnancy, seek help right away. Untreated PMADs may affect your well-being and your baby’s.

Conditions treated

Mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy or after childbirth include:

  1. Perinatal depression and postpartum depression (PPD)
  2. Anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  3. Bipolar disorder
  4. Psychosis
  5. Grief and loss
  6. Trauma

When should you seek help?

If you find yourself nodding along to any of the following questions, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your doctor or give us a call.

  1. Is it difficult for you to enjoy yourself?
  2. Are you more irritable or tense?
  3. Are you worried, panicky or sad?
  4. Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy?”
  5. Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  6. Have you had thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby?

Common symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)

Another way to see if you might be experiencing a PMAD is to cross-check your symptoms with this list:

  • Feeling like nothing holds your interest
  • Feeling lonely, like no one understands
  • Sadness and crying
  • Guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Poor focus and concentration
  • Excessive worry
  • Scary or intrusive thoughts
  • Confusion
  • Anger
  • Thoughts about harming yourself or someone else

How to join our Maternal Wellness Program

To schedule a pregnancy-related mental health consultation, call 704-801-9200. You can also receive a referral from your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or pediatrician.

Patient resources

Maternal Wellness Program Shines Light on Postpartum Depression

Kionna Dockery was completely in love with her newborn son, but she couldn’t shake feeling sad, irritable and anxious. Thankfully, Atrium Health’s Maternal Wellness Program provided the support she, and her son, needed.

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