Welcome! We are Vicky + Beth, and we are honored that you chose the time out of your busy lives to come and check out our site. Vicky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We met at a Perinatal Mental Health Training and decided to put our talents together to create the Nurturing Mama Minds Community.
We hope this community will be a wealth of knowledge, and especially helpful for mamas coping with the darker side that motherhood can bring at times. With this community, we want to raise awareness for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, offer support, and help break the stigma that is wrongly associated with mental health struggles.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (often referred to as PMADs) can begin during pregnancy, up until one year postpartum. Research shows that 1 in 5 mothers in the first 3 months, and 1-7 mothers in the first year, experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. It is thought that number could be higher than recorded due to miscarriages and infertility not being calculated in that data. Additionally, Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) can emerge within the first three years.
There is no specific cause of a mom developing PMADs, but it is thought to be a combination of psychological, social, and biological stressors. Your risk factors of developing PMAD’s increases based on previous mental health history, family mental health history, traumatic birth, NICU stay, certain health conditions, such as diabetes, and access to a strong support system.
Navigating motherhood can be full of mixed emotions and some days feel like they take more effort than others. But, for a mama with PMADs, some of those days can seem unbearable, and it clouds your judgment on who you are as a mama. Please, reach out for help when you can.
Always remember that you are NOT alone, it is not your fault, and with
proper support, things can get better!