February is Maternal Mental Health Awareness month


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – In Utah, almost half of expectant and post-partum moms experience depression and anxiety related to pregnancy, and Utah is trying to do more to help. 

Governor Spencer Cox recently named February as Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month in the state, and First Lady Abby Cox shared during that announcement her story of experiencing post-partum depression after the birth of her third child. 

On Good Morning Utah, Brook Dorff appeared on the show to talk about the announcement and resources available to Utah parents. Dorff is a Specialist with Maternal Mental Health Utah, an organization run by the Utah Department of Health. 

Their research has found at least 43% of mothers in the state experience clinical depression and anxiety surrounding pregnancy, and they offer resources and tools to help. 

One tool in particular, the Maternal Mental Health Referral Network, allows women to find provider in everything from midwifery to chiropractic care to an OB/GYN who is trained in maternal mental health and is aware of signs and symptoms of depression in women. The network is an interactive map that allows a woman to search for a provider by location, provider type, and even insurance.

Maternal Mental Health Utah also runs active Instagram and Facebook pages aimed at educating women on the issue and making mental healthcare more accessible and acceptable. 

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