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It’s Maternal Mental Health Month

May 16, 2012 Jackson Hole, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Mayor Mark Barron has proclaimed May as Maternal Mental Health month, recognizing that maternal mental health directly affects women, infants, and children and should be viewed as a primary concern for the health and safety of families.  One in six new moms and one in ten new dads suffer from pregnancy or postpartum anxiety or depression. Research has shown that untreated maternal depression and anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum negatively affects birth outcomes and infant development, including infant mental health and brain development. However, screening and early intervention, including group therapy can protect mom, baby and the entire family.  To support expecting and new parents, the Jackson Hole Perinatal Advocacy Project is offering a free weekly support group.  This free support group is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

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