Many people assume new motherhood is always a time of great joy. But for many it can be wrought with angst, fear, tearfulness, inadequacy, little appetite, sleeplessness and panic that makes it hard to function on a daily basis. One in 10 women will develop depression and anxiety during her pregnancy. One in seven women will have postpartum depression, anxiety or another mental health complication in the year following delivery.
These postpartum issues are a real medical problem, yet many women (and their families) think they will get better on their own. Women hear many well intentioned advice from friends — “It’s just a tough phase,” “Get out more often,” “A break will do the trick,” or “All mothers feel overwhelmed” — or suggestions to focus on the positive.
Unfortunately, these words frequently do little more than exacerbate the situation, making the sufferer feel worse.
The good news is that depression and anxiety, both pre- and postpartum, are solvable problems. But it often takes the help of a professional for mothers to bounce back. Women don’t want to talk about these problems. They don’t want to ask for help. But calling their doctor, consulting with a therapist and finding support from other moms helps them feel like themselves again. With help and support they WILL get well.
In an effort to offer women more help and resources Meeka Centimano, a therapist in Prairie Village, founded The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center, a non-profit organization, in 2003. They offer phone support, support groups, and community education. They offer hope! PPRC is hosting their annual “Families Matter Event and Walk” at Roe Park, just south of 103rd Street and Roe Avenue, this Saturday at 5 p.m.
It’s a time to bring your family, pack your dinner, enjoy the cupcake walk, grab a balloon, and have your face painted. You will help raise awareness that moms are suffering and support a worthy organization. Meeka and The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center want to make Mother’s Day a celebration for every mom.
Meeka is a therapist tucked in the heart of Prairie Village near The Village Shops. More than 14 years ago she was one of the moms who desperately wanted a reason to celebrate. Eventually that day came. She has been counseling other women ever since. You may learn more about her clinical work and services at centimano.com.