May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

Submitted by the Bedford Health Department

Here is some information that the Bedford Health Department would like you to know:

  • Prevalence: Maternal mental health issues, including postpartum depression and anxiety, are more common than often realized, affecting up to 20 percent of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
  • Risk Factors: A history of mental illness, lack of social support, and stressful life events can increase the likelihood of experiencing maternal mental health issues.
  • Impact on Mother and Child: Untreated maternal mental health issues can have significant repercussions for both the mother and her child, affecting bonding, infant development, and family dynamics.
  • Importance of Support: Offering support and understanding to women experiencing maternal mental health issues is vital. Providing a safe space for open discussion and offering access to resources can make a meaningful difference.
  • Destigmatization Efforts: Addressing the stigma surrounding maternal mental health encourages women to seek help without fear of judgment, promoting early intervention and better outcomes.

Click here to read a flyer with more information. And for more information from the Bedford Health Department, visit

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