2021-09-24 02:13:35 UTC
...Even though more than 50% of postpartum patients who die by suicide visited an emergency department within one month of their death, they weren't caught. There are no universal screening protocols, there's a shortage of mental-health providers, and maternal healthcare professionals often aren't trained in or incentivized to take the time to ask about mental health.
"Too often we put the onus on the mom to say 'I'm not doing well," Griffen said. And that's not easy.
There is still a stigma around mental illness, particularly among new parents who often feel they should be intoxicated from the smell of their newborn's soft skin and basking in the bond of breastfeeding.
Plus, you first have to recognize what you're going through. Griffen's experience didn't feel like postpartum depression. "I wasn't sad," she said. "I was pissed off, I was angry, I was overwhelmed. I was all of those other things."
Matthews couldn't even articulate what "help" would look like. "I don't even know what this is," she thought, "so how can you help me?"...