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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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Risk of new-onset of severe mental illness higher in the postpartum period

Thursday, 12/7/2017

The risk of developing new-onset severe mental illness is higher in the postpartum period than any other time in women’s life. Postpartum bipolar is sometimes referred to as the "invisible postpartum mood disorder" as it is more rare and more likely to be overlooked than other postpartum mood afflictions. If you suffer from postpartum bipolar, there is help, there is treatment and there is recovery. Dyane Harwood can attest. http://goodtimes.sc/santa…/dyane-harwood-postpartum-bipolar/

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.

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