About 15-20% of women in the Tucson community will suffer from depression and/or anxiety before or after childbirth. Approximately 900,000 women suffer from postpartum depression in the US annually. We believe that women have the right to early identification and treatment so that a positive experience of mothering and parenting, and the best outcomes for her children and her partner can be achieved. Depression or anxiety around childbirth are common and treatable. We hope that everyone at risk will find support or services. No one should suffer alone.
I suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of my first child. It was a dark period of isolation, fear and despondency. At my 6 week postpartum appointment no one used a screening questionaire to determine if I was suffering from depression.
My goal is to help provide pregnant and postpartum women the tools they need to survive a very frightening experience.
Postpartum Support International's Climb Out of the Darkness is the world's largest event for raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, while raising money and building community.
You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.
If you or someone you know is suffering, PSI can help: Call 1.800.994.4773 or Text 503.894.9453