In Pursuit of Happiness: Integrative Health Approaches to Preventing Perinatal Overwhelm or PMADs (Before a PMAD Happens)
Most people who work with birthing people and new parents know that this time of life is full of change, transition, and often trepidation. It can be a thrilling time, and one of notable stress and overwhelm. And, we all can play a part in supporting families in a meaningful, intentional, and collaborative way.
Pre-pandemic, 1 in 5 new or expecting American moms/birthing people were diagnosed with a PMAD (perinatal mood or anxiety disorder), but since the pandemic began research suggests those rates have increased to as high as 72%.
How can we address this as a community? How do we help families adjust to the many stages and challenges associated with pregnancy and early parenthood. Join clinical psychologist Dr. Victoria Gonzalez, PhD and Then Comes Baby’s Executive Director, Sabrina Freidendelds, MPH, IBCLC, PMH-C, for our upcoming Spring Pro Social & Speaker series event.
Dr. Gonzalez will discuss PMAD basics, the significant rise in and contributing factors to PMADs, mental health disparities, and clinical approaches to support. They’ll both discuss the many things can be done in interdisciplinary practices to support the growing number of women and birthing parents* who are are experiencing stress, overwhelm, or a PMAD — as well as the evidence-based approaches for prevention. As the saying goes, it takes a village.
Q&A and an open discussion about the interdisciplinary ways the professional community can collaborate and collectively care for perinatal families will follow. Prior to the event, if you have the chance, watch this short video: Listening To Mothers In California: Opening Up About Maternal Mental Health. Local resources will be shared, snacks and beverages will be provided. Please click “save a spot” to RSVP for this event so we know how many to plan for. We look forward to seeing you!
*For the purpose of this 1-hour talk and discussion, the main focus is on women and birthing people, though with at least 1 in 10 fathers and non-birthing partners experiencing a PMAD in their shift to parenthood, a future 2022 event will focus on the Transition to Parenthood for Fathers and Non-Birthing Partners.