Postpartum Support International (PSI) has unveiled its new Spanish language educational DVD, "Madre Saludable, Familia Feliz," distributing it to hospitals and healthcare agencies nationwide in an effort to help inform Latina women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).
Intended to provide pregnant and postpartum women, their families, and their health care providers further insight into the psychological and physiological effects of Perintal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, the DVD's English counterpart "Healthy Mom, Happy Families," is being offered to hospitals across the country to be incorporated into their women's education and childbirth support programs.
"The statistics for Latinas suffering from mental illness related to childbirth and untreated depression continue to climb; and, depression continues to be the number one complication of pregnancy. We know many of these new mothers are not asked about feeling depressed or anxious during their pregnancy by a health care provider," said Dr. Lucy Puryear, president, Postpartum Support International. "Our hope is to reach as many families and clinicians working in support of mothers and babies in this very important segment of our population."
"PSI's goal is to heighten awareness among families and health care providers, reduce stigma, and strengthen the ability to assess and treat these very real and devastating illnesses," continued Dr. Puryear. "By offering an educational tool useful across cultural healthcare platforms, our hope is that Spanish-speaking women who are pregnant and postpartum will feel encouraged to reach out and will have access to appropriate treatment. When a woman is able to become adequately informed, screened or treated for maternal depression, not only is her individual suffering alleviated but the chances for positive outcomes for her baby and entire family are greatly improved."
In one 2009 study which investigated the prevalence of depressive symptoms and their associated risk factors during pregnancy in Latinas in the United States and Mexico, prevalence of depressive symptoms was 32.4% for pregnant Latinas and 36.8% for Mexicans. *
Another study done in 2005 found that Hispanic women have higher rates of depression than non-Hispanic women but are less likely to be identified as depressed. It states that the lifetime prevalence of depression in Hispanics ... is 37%, 12% higher than found in the general population. **
"Madre Saludable, Familia Feliz" and "Healthy Mom, Happy Families," serve to help viewers identify risk factors, recognize symptoms of these debilitating illnesses, and gain a more comprehensive understanding of how maternal mood disorders affect a mother and her family. They also offer a review of evidence-based treatments and interventions effective for treating Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).
They feature four women who have suffered from and survived PMADs. Sharing their experiences, these women offer hope and reassurance to expecting and new parents, their family members and health care professionals.
Their poignant stories are complemented by up-to-date information from renowned experts in the field: Postpartum Support International's immediate past president Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, Pec Indman, Ed.D., LMFT, and Caroline Little Cribari, MD, PhD. Dr. Laura Sirulnik, a New York-based psychiatrist whose practice focuses on the healthcare needs of Hispanic women, is also featured.
"La depression en el embarazo y la que aparece despues del parto, significa un tremendo sufrimiento para la mujer en un momento donde ella misma y la sociedad esperan goce y alegria," said Dr. Sirulnik. "Estos sintomas sorprenden y confunden a la mujer y a la familia, la mujer experimnenta una total incongruencia, donde la depression le aleja de toda posibilidad de gratificacion en su rol de madre."
Dr. Sirulnik believes, "El silencio, el no pedir ayuda perpetua el sufrimiento y el dano a vos misma, al bebe y a tu familia!"
"Madre Saludable, Familia Feliz" and "Healthy Mom, Happy Families" were made possible with proceeds contributed from country music artist Wade Bowen's annual celebrity concert and golf tournament to benefit the programs of Postpartum Support International.