ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nearly 15 percent of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to ten percent will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy.
When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family. Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop these disorders.
Stacey Ackerman, with the Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM), joined KARE 11 to discuss emotional well-being during pregnancy and postpartum.
Ackerman will be a guest speaker at Beyond the Baby Blues, a conference designed to education professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy.
The event will be on June 12 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center in. St. Paul.
PPSM launched a HelpLine that provides information to callers regarding perinatal mood disorders, directs callers to local support groups and/or professional help, and can even match callers with a peer volunteer for over the phone support. Mothers, fathers and even concerned family members are all welcome to call. The service is available at no cost to the caller. Call the HelpLine at 612-787-PPSM (7776).
Visit supermombook.org to learn more about the author and her book.
(Copyright 2012 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)