Mommy Mentors Help Fight The Stigma Of Postpartum Mood Disorder

Postpartum depression and anxiety are common among new mothers, but few talk about these feelings. A Florida nonprofit is hoping to break the cycle by pairing new moms with moms who've been there.

Mothers helping other mothers through the challenges of postpartum depression and anxiety makes Florida's mentoring program unique. Source: Veronica Grech/Getty Images

Becoming a mother is often portrayed as a magical and glorious life event. But many women don't feel joyful after giving birth.

In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, almost 15 percent of moms suffer from a postpartum mood disorder like anxiety or depression, making maternal mental health concerns the most common complication of childbirth in the U.S. And even though these mental illnesses affect millions of women each year, new research shows 20 percent of mothers don't disclose their symptoms to healthcare providers.

"Many women feel hesitant discussing their emotional difficulties, especially when they're experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety," says. The Sarasota-based non-profit organization is testing out a new way to support struggling mothers and their families by offering a mother-to-mother mentorship program known as (Self-Image Support Team and Emotional Resource).

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