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Emotional Wellness During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
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So much attention is placed on new and expecting moms health – and for good reason – but what often is left out of the conversation is maternal mental health. 1 in 5 new and expecting mothers experience a perinatal mood andanxiety disorder (PMAD) otherwise known as postpartum depression. PMADs include depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSDand more both during pregnancy, and during the postpartum period. Since the pandemic began – rates of depressionand anxiety in new and expecting moms have jumped astronomically as high as 41% and 72% respectively. It’s nosurprise as Covid has thrust perinatal women into further isolation, access to little or no social support, and having to manage high levels of stress and anxiety as a result.

If you are a new or expecting mom struggling with anxiety, stress, overwhelm, feeling hopeless, helpless, unable to sleep or eat, having a hard time feeling connected to the baby, or feeling incredibly irritable and angry a lot of thetime – your are totally and absolutely not alone. Becoming a mom is really hard, motherhood on the outside isromanticized, it’s made to look easy, blissful, beautiful and happy. The truth is – for many new moms it’s anything but.

Join HRP Mamas for a conversation for a conversation on emotional wellness in the perinatal period. Topics will include:

What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)? Why do they happen? How prevalent are they? Why is there so much stigma and shame surrounding PMADs? 

• The difference between the “Baby Blues” and postpartum depression.

• How do I know if I have a PMAD or if this is just the normal transition to motherhood?

What do I do if I think I might have a PMAD or if I think someone else I know might have one? 

• What steps can I take to feel better?

ABOUT: Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW

Paige started her social work career working at a homeless shelter for families in San Francisco, where she built a multi-million Housing and Aftercare Program for families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. She then moved to New York City in 2000 to get her Masters of Social Work at Columbia University. After she graduated, she held executive level positions at various non-profit agencies including the Center for Family Life located in Sunset Park Brooklyn, Habitat for Humanity – New York City, and Settlement Housing Fund. Throughout her non-profit career she has worked with homeless families, victims of domestic violence and child abuse, formerly homeless single mothers, formerly incarcerated young adults and more. She Chaired the Youth and Human Services Committee of Community Board 6 in Brooklyn for 6 years, and ran for public office and was elected in 2015 as the District Leader for the 52nd Assembly District in Brooklyn which she held for four years.

After her first child was born, Paige suffered from severe postpartum depression that nearly ended her life. Once she began to heal, she became committed to fighting for education, screening and treatment for postpartum depression so that no more women would have to suffer silently. She drafted legislation in New York State that was championed by State Senator Liz Krueger, mandating education and strongly encouraging screening of all new and expecting mothers that was signed into law in 2014. Paige has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change. She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, PBS Newshour and in Women’s Health Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and several other media outlets.

Paige is
the Founding Director and Chief External Relations Officer of The Motherhood Center.

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