This week is Maternal Mental Health Week. Here at the Fourth Trimester Podcast we are going to publish a number of podcast episodes that concentrate on the topic of maternal (and paternal!) mental health.
The number one complication of pregnancy is a form of postpartum depression or anxiety. Despite how common it is for women to experience a degree of anxiety or depression associated during pregnancy or post-natally, there are still cases where women aren't receiving the care they need.
To help crack the issue wide open, Maureen Fura and her co-producer Jennifer Silliman created a documentary film entitled, The Dark Side Of The Full Moon.
The issue is dear to Marueen's heart. She was suicidal during her pregnancy and had dozens of counselors, OBs, psychiatrists and social workers tell her there was nothing they could do to help her. No wonder she took the matter into her own hands. She was particularly motivated to seek help before her baby was born because she was worried about the baby being taken away. Then again, she also planned to take her own life after the baby was born. These feelings are very real, and sadly, very common.
The good news here is that the more light we can shed on the topic, the more men and women can help themselves and one another. If you are having any of these feelings, for example, from a simple 'not feeling myself' to a deeper 'my baby is better off without me', then please know you are not alone. There are ways to get better! Here are some resources:
National Warmline number from Postpartum Support International for help 1-800-944-4773
Many online resources are listed on this page under "Resources" http://mmhcoalition.com/mmh-awareness-week-tool-kit
We highly, highly recommend that all families planning for a baby create their own Postpartum Plan. Everyone makes a 'Birth Plan' right? Why not have a few thoughts prepared for the first few months at home with the new baby? It makes total sense. Here's an amazing template we encourage you to bookmark, print, fill out and post to the fridge!
Here's where you can watch the trailer for Dark Side of the Full Moon:
You can watch the entire film on Amazon Prime (free for Prime subscribers): https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Side-Full-Jennifer-Silliman/dp/B01M1KINFC/ or on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dark-side-of-the-full-moon/id1150769009
Photo: Maureen Fura, Writer & Director of Dark Side Of The Full Moon