The purpose of this organization is to advocate for African American Mothers to combat postpartum depression, lower mother/infant mortality rates, improve breastfeeding, and provide education and resources to our community.
During pregnancy, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Women can experience mental health issues during the antenatal and postnatal period.
Pregnancy and birth can trigger depression and anxiety in some women.
Depression and anxiety during or after birth are medical conditions and don’t happen because you did or didn’t do something. And, while researchers don’t understand the causes of these mental health problems, they feel that they result from a mix of physical, emotional, and environmental factors.
It’s important to seek out help and resources for these medical conditions because they can indirectly affect your baby with a lack of bonding interest and possibly not recognizing baby’s cues.
African American Women are at a higher risk of experiencing PPD and less likely to receive the care they need. Research has provided evidence that suggests African American women may avoid talking about their mental health due to feelings of embarrassment, shame, and fear of discriminatory attitudes due to racial stigma.
Life After Birth Midlands can help provide resources and direction if you suspect you’re experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety while perinatal and postpartum.
Here are a few mental health conditions to be aware of during and after pregnancy:
What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is the depression that occurs in new mothers after their baby’s born.
What is Baby Blues?
Baby Blues is the negative emotion a new mother may feel due to the sudden change in hormone levels with the first 2 weeks of postpartum.
What is Perinatal Depression?
Perinatal depression is a mood disorder that can affect women during pregnancy and after childbirth.