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Maternal Mental Health Month

Maternal mental health (MMH) affects approximately 10% of pregnant women and 13% of postpartum women worldwide. In the U.S., these conditions are among the top complications of pregnancy and childbirth, impacting up to 1 in 7 women. We are raising awareness because Black women not only face a higher risk of perinatal mood disorders but are also less likely to receive treatment.  This is due to multiple factors, like fear of stigma, financial barriers, and structural inequities in healthcare access.


Let’s get you connected to resources!



Why Focus on Black Maternal Mental Health?

Black women experience unique stressors that contribute to a higher incidence of MMH issues (mmhla.org):

  • Symptoms can include irritability, self-criticism, and bodily symptoms like fatigue and insomnia, rather than just feelings of hopelessness.

  • Chronic stress can advance aging/weathering in Black women, making pregnancy riskier and increasing the likelihood of chronic conditions.

  • The Superwoman Schema: Cultural expectations often compel Black women to appear strong, suppress emotions, and prioritize helping others, even at the expense of their own health.

Please let your provider know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are not feeling like yourself. 


What Can You Do?

  • Know the signs and symptoms of maternal mental health.

  • Demand/expect/advocate that healthcare providers use appropriate screening tools that consider racial and gender stress, like the Jackson, Hogue, Phillips Contextualized Stress Measure.

  • Please reach out for help. Whether it’s therapy, support groups (CinnaMoms, Black Infant Health, etc.), or resources like the Maternal Health Hotline.  Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, there are options available to you.

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support in English and Spanish. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or exhausted, this hotline is here to help. Reach out by calling or texting 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). Interpreter services are available in 60 languages, ensuring culturally sensitive support for all.

 Resources 

  • National Maternal Mental Health Hotline - Immediate, free, and confidential support.

  • Postpartum Support International - Offers specialized support for Black women.

  • Local health clinics and therapists specializing in maternal mental health and culturally competent care.

CinnaMoms, you’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help. Call or text 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) to connect with counselors at the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.


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