Because when you support a Mom, you help a child and grow your community’s strength.

The state of Michigan  is concerned enough about the Mental Health of Pregnant and Postpartum Mothers to proclaim the month of May Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Awareness Month.  

We in Holland believe that helping our Mothers be well helps children grow up in stability, promotes strong marriages, and a good community to live in.  As such, on May 2, 2018 the Mayor of Holland joined the movement to raise awareness about the difficulties some mothers will face while pregnant and postpartum, and signed the 1st Proclamation for our city as well.

Please join us in spreading awareness about the Perinatal Mood And Anxiety Disorders (“PMAD,” commonly called Postpartum Depression) and what we as a community can do to decrease the staggering statistics of women who may have been previously very high functioning suffering while pregnant or postpartum.

Postpartum Depression Types*

There are several types of postpartum depression that range in severity of symptoms. The types of postpartum depression include:

  • Postpartum Blues: A milder and short-term form of the disorder that affects roughly 30-80% of new mothers and includes symptoms of sadness, crying, tiredness, insomnia and anxiety.
  • Postpartum Anxiety: Intense and chronic anxiety that can last from weeks to months and includes nervousness, fear and constant worry that something bad will happen to the baby.
  • Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Occurs 4-5 months before giving birth and one month after and includes disturbing thoughts or images of harm coming to the baby or uncontrollable fear or worry of being left alone with the baby.
  • Postpartum Panic Disorder: A type of postpartum anxiety that includes physical symptoms such as racing heart, tightening chest, hyperventilation, dizziness, weakness, and other extreme symptoms.
  • Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A disorder that results from a trauma that occurred during childbirth or afterward. It can include incidents such as an unplanned C-section, the baby being sent to the NICU, physical childbirth complications or a general lack of support or reassurance during delivery.
  • Postpartum Psychosis: A rare and severe disorder that is characterized by drastic changes in symptoms from agitation and anxiety to memory loss and confusion as well as hallucinations and disinterest in one’s own baby.