Maternal mental health: a survey seeks to know the experiences of people who have experienced their pregnancy in times of pandemic

Maternal mental health disorders that can occur during this time include postpartum depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the less common but severe postpartum psychosis (Getty)

Since it took place in Maternal Mental Health Day 2016every year in May, various activities are carried out with the aim of raising awareness among people around the world about the importance of this aspect of mothers’ health during pregnancy and the first days after childbirth, known as perinatal mental disorders.

The day was instituted on a self-convened basis by a multidisciplinary group of international maternal mental health activists, academics, doctors and people with lived experience calling for the Official recognition of this day by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Maternal mental health disorders that can occur during this time include postpartum depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the less common but severe postpartum psychosis.

This day is commemorated every first Wednesday of May, which this year will be the 4th of that month. For International Maternal Mental Health Day awareness activities, Psychologists, specialists in perinatal counseling, María Agustina Capurro (MN 69748) and Ivana Moyano (MN 37057) are hosting a discussion on “Couple Bond, Puerperium and Post-Pandemic”.

“To fuel this conversation, we want to invite those people who during the pandemic,” including as dates March 2020 and December 2021, “experienced a pregnancy and the birth of a child as part of a cohabiting couple” so that they could briefly and anonymously share their experiences, they said, so they handed out a form for those who wish to contribute.

The purpose of the inquiry is “fuel a conversation that we will present as part of World Maternal Mental Health Week 2022”, they specified, while stressing that participation will be “strictly voluntary, being able to withdraw from it at any time”.

“To fuel this conversation, we want to invite people who during the pandemic”, including March 2020 and December 2021 as dates (Photo: Uwe Anspach/dpa)

It is common, though rarely considered, that in one of the happiest times of their lives, some women feel bad, overwhelmed, alone, overwhelmed by the situation, and even think they are bad mothers for all of the above. . “We speak of maternal mental health, with reference to the psychic processes that occur during the period from pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum to the first two years of life. Even also, including cases of finding pregnancies, preconception stages and assisted reproduction treatments.

As reported by NGO Maternal Perinatal Mental Health, “The transition to motherhood that occurs in a woman who becomes a mother is an event of great psychosocial impact, and studies related to maternal mental health provide information on the vulnerability of this stage and the importance of the network with other health workers who are in direct contact with it, such as obstetricians, midwives, nurses, child nurses, paediatricians; work on prevention and take appropriate steps”.

Analía Sierra, president of the NGO and former patient suffering from postpartum depression, said Infobae on the last International Day, how it helped her find a space of contention and maybe be the voice of many people who didn’t know what was going on. “For me it was essential to find this space of confinement, it brought years of guilt and shame for what had happened, because in my environment women continued to give birth and did not go crazy like me, none needed a psychologist, much less a psychiatrist and medication, he recalls. When my son was four years old, by chance, I found an article on a website that talked about postpartum depression, and there many women commented on their symptoms and experiences. It was because of this article that I realized that I was not the only one who had experienced this and it turned out to be a huge relief.”

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