"We Have To Do Better."

Publication Date: May 20, 2022



"State leaders and community advocates called for better support and policies for maternal mental health on Tuesday, saying almost half of Utah mothers report mental health symptoms before, during or after pregnancy. Among the nearly 45% of Utah mothers reporting mental health symptoms, 1 in 7 report dealing with depression in the months after giving birth, according to 2018-2020 Utah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data. Maternal depression and anxiety have the potential to affect parent-child bonding, increase family conflict, lower rates of breastfeeding, and can lead to less-safe home environments for children."


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