Mothers and Mental Health

FARGO, ND. (Valley News Live) - A national survey by Maven, a digital clinic for women, says that more than half of new moms are not getting mental health support during or after pregnancy.

Trisha Powell, a behavior health counselor at Sanford Health, agrees there is an issue.

“There's not a lot of support groups at this time. Probably something that is really needed,” said Powell.

Powell recommends families to reach out to a variety of people for help.

“Reaching out to your informal supports. Your family members, your neighbors, your friends, your doctor, anyone you can reach out to,” said Powell.

Groups like Doulas of the Red River Valley would like to extend a helping hand to women and their families.

“What a doula provides for postpartum is reassurance; practical support with housekeeping and taking care of baby,” said Christine Mehl, Doula and certified midwife.

Dr. Jan Bexell-Gierke at Essentia Health says to reach out to a professional if something doesn’t seem right.

“Call your doctors office if you feel like gosh im really struggling with this,” said Dr. Jan Bexell-Gierke, Essentia Health OB-GYN.

If a woman is experiencing mental health issues, Postpartum Support International or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to call.