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We are a diverse group of professionals, private individuals and agencies who are committed to raising awareness and increasing access for women and their families in need of mental health services during and after pregnancy.

Our collaborative was formed after the alleged murder of a 17 month old boy, Garrison Burchett, by his mother. News reports indicated that she may have been suffering from a mental health disorder. Many of us in the community became concerned that this may have been the result of a postpartum mood disorder. At the time there were no specialized support groups or treatment services for women suffering from perinatal and/or postpartum mood disorders in Riverside County; San Antonio Hospital had the only support group in San Bernardino County. We wanted to change that.

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Model/TV Personality Chrissy Teigen Opens Up about her Postpartum Depression

Monday, 3/20/2017

Celebrity Chrissy Teigen opened up about her experience and struggle with postpartum depression in an essay for Glamour magazine's April 2017 issue. Teigen describes what many new mothers go through in the experience of postpartum, beginning with the dismissal of symptoms (such as irritability, low energy, frequent crying, and loss of joy in activities that previously brought happiness/fulfillment) as mere exhaustion after giving birth. In her essay Teigen also describes the toll had on her physically--aching bones, back pain, headaches, vomitting, inability to sleep, etc.

An Effective Alternative for Reducing Stress and Depression among African American Women

Monday, 9/12/2016

A Northwestern University pilot study found that mindfulness training can be used to alleviate stress and depressive symptoms among African American women with lower socio-economic status. Mindfulness training includes techniques such as sitting meditation, yoga, mental body scans, and practicing self-awareness. After participating in the study, thirty-one women reported gaining the ability to recognize stressful triggers in their lives; their bodies’ reaction to these triggers; and an overall improvement and increase in well-being.

New Depression Screening is Now Going to Include Postpartum

Wednesday, 5/25/2016

An article released in January 2016 has stated the US Preventive Services Task Force has now included screening for pregnany and postpartum women along with updating screening for adults 18 years and older.  The implementation of screening for pregnant and postpartum women has been long overdue and will assist in treating women as soon as possible if they do face postpartum depression.

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