Mental health support for new and expecting parents

When you’re pregnant or have a new baby, caring for your child becomes your top priority. Even when you’re not feeling well. But in reality, your mental health is central to your baby’s health.

If you have noticed mental, emotional, or behavioral changes in yourself or your partner, you’re not alone. There is help.

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1 in 5
birthing mothers will experience a perinatal mental health condition
1 in 11
birthing mothers will experience birth-related PTSD
1 in 4
birthing mothers will get treatment for their symptoms

Why and how to seek help

If you’re struggling during pregnancy or the postpartum period, it can be hard to know where to turn — and scary to admit that you might need support.

But in fact, it’s very common for parents to experience mental health concerns during and/or after pregnancy. The key is starting a conversation with your provider so they can help you feel better.

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Finding help in Georgia

Postpartum Support International – Georgia Chapter

This is the Georgia chapter of PSI, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders. Get support by finding a provider, joining a support group, or contacting their HelpLine.

MotherToBaby Georgia

MTB is the nation’s leading authority and most trusted source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Contact them by phone or email to get your questions answered.

Pickles & Ice Cream Georgia

Pickles and Ice Cream provides accessible, mom-friendly, evidence-based maternal and infant health information and resources. Take an online prenatal or postpartum class, join a peer support group, or read their online resources.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)

In crisis? For immediate access to routine or crisis services, call GCAL at 1-800-715-4225. GCAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis.

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Want more tools?

Whether you’re looking for tips for self care or letters that will help you get support from your doctor, we are always developing new tools for parents who are struggling with mental health issues.