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St. Catherine of Siena Highlights World Maternal Health Day

May 3rd, 2017

May 3, 2017 is World Maternal Mental Health Day. Established by an international task force in 2016, World Maternal Mental Health Day was declared to be a day set aside to raise awareness to help those suffering get help.

Before, during and after having a baby, parents may feel sad, fear, worry and alone.  Each year in New York State over 50,000 mothers and fathers will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). PMAD is a general term used to describe a wide range of emotional disorders that can experience during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.

St. Catherine of Siena is proud to participate in the campaign to help spread the word that Maternal Mental Health Matters. Women and their family and friends need to know where they can find help and support for perinatal mental health problems.

The Maternity Department at St. Catherine of Siena offers a free postpartum depression support group, Mothers’ Circle of Hope. The free and supportive group meets the second Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, and is facilitated by a clinical nurse specialist.

 “Organizations around the world are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health—and we are proud to support those efforts right here in our community,” said Lactation/Perinatal Education/Clinical Nurse Specialist Kristin Thayer MSN, RNC, CBC.

For more information about the St. Catherine’s Mothers’ of Circle Support Group, please call (631) 862-3330