PROJECT HEALTHY MOMS
"Our goal is to increase awareness, identification, treatment and support of PMADs (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) in Georgia, while also reducing the stigma."
February 3 - 9, 2013
Maternal Mental Health Week
(Liz Smulian, Sarah Schwartz, Anjali Desai)
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of childbirth. In the United States, between 10% and 15% of new mothers suffer from these devastating illnesses which, if not properly treated, can have a long-term negative impact on the health of the mothers, children and families.
In Georgia alone, over 30,000 pregnant and postpartum women are likely to experience at PMAD. During pregnancy and the postpartum period, when mothers expect to feel elated, they instead experience feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fatigue, decreased concentration, suicidality, depressed mood, loss of interest and other symptoms.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of the spectrum of
perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, click on any of the pages below:
The Prenatal Outcomes Study
A new research study for pregnant women and their babies
Are you a pregnant woman, at least 18 years old, with no history of psychiatric illness OR do you have a diagnosis of depression, have been treated for depression or suspect that you might have depression?
You may qualify for a research study by the Emory Women's Mental Health Program. Researchers want to better understand how many factors during pregnancy, such as the mother's mood, mental health, and sleep habits may influence a newborn's brain development. The study involves 1-3 visits during pregnancy, as well as a visit after birth that also involves the baby. Compensation will be provided for time and travel and you will also receive feedback about your baby's assessment.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the study coordinator, Julie Carroll at 404-727-0561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.