According to the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color:
1 out of 5 women will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder during pregnancy or after childbirth. Also called perinatal emotional complications, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include conditions like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and can occur any time during pregnancy and the first year of parenting. Emotional complications are the most common complication of childbirth.
38% of new mothers of color experience perinatal emotional complications like depression and anxiety. Women of color experience these complications at TWICE the rate of white women.
60% of women of color do not receive any treatment or support services for perinatal emotional complications. Reasons for this include lack of insurance coverage, social and cultural stigma, logistical barriers to services, and lack of culturally appropriate care.
If you are in need of mental health support or would like to referral a client to our services, please click one of the links below.
D.O.P.E Mamas – No mothers should navigate pregnancy and motherhood alone. D.O.P.E mamas stands for a mama that protects her mental health by Defying Others Perceptions and Expectations. Without shame or guilt, D.O.P.E mamas will gain access to therapists trained in mental health in a group or individual setting to support common challenges faced through motherhood including postpartum depression and anxiety.
Our group will be run by licensed therapist Barbara Neal of Therapy for Black Moms
Our group will be launching on June 4th. We have space for 12 mamas in our group. Sign up using the link below to join the waiting list. Group is exclusive to residents of New Jersey