According to WHO (World Heath Organization), worldwide, about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. In developing countries this is even higher, i.e. 15.6% during pregnancy and 19.8% after child birth. It is also important to recognize that fathers and partners also experience these mood disorders and are impacted as well. As a doula, I have been trained to recognize the signs of postpartum depression and other mood disorders, but I also experienced it myself when I became a mother nine years ago.
Usually, walks or "climbs" are hosted throughout communities to support ongoing fundraising efforts, but due to COVID-19, our local event at Pullen Park was cancelled and moved to a virtual platform. Today, as the world raises money to continue to help individuals, families and businesses who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19, I want to invite you to share your own story and make a donation to support those who are also impacted by mental illness. Any amount is greatly appreciated.