I just got back from Phoenix where I attended a 2-day training called: Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care
I can write for hours what I learned about screening, prevention, treatment, untreated consequences, medications, alternative modalities, etc. Yet the thought that keeps popping up for me is Why?
Why, given the statistics and prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, are prevention and services for mammas not a standard of care?
Why do we screen for gestational diabetes (which affects 8% of women) and hypertension (which affects 5% of women) but not a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder which is the #1 complication of birth and affects 15-20% of women?
Why, given how treatable these disorders are, don’t we have more therapists and psychologists in Tucson who specialize in treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?
I hope to uncover the complex answers to these questions and be a part of a movement to get more services to mammas and families. For now, I will live the questions.