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Health and Wellness - Maternal Health

Perinatal Depression & Your Health and Wellness

Couple holding their newborn baby, looking at them, smiling. Are you feeling sad or anxious, crying more than usual or feel like you are not bonding with your baby? Any mom can experience symptoms of perinatal depression. Some moms may be more prone to experience depression based on many factors, including genetics.  

If you or someone you know has symptoms of postpartum depression, it's important to reach out. Let your partner or a loved one know and talk to them. Call Your Life Iowa to get connected to caring professionals trained in perinatal depression. We're here to help, 24/7. The quicker you get help and the support you need the better it is for you, your baby and your family. Don't go through this alone. Let someone help you.

Remember - perinatal depression can happen to any mom, but it's treatable. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

 What is a crisis?

If you are experiencing a crisis, it is important to tell your health care provider if you are currently pregnant or have been pregnant in the last year. 

A mental health crisis occurs when acute or chronic stressors become too much to handle. You may feel overwhelmed and unable to function in your daily life. You may feel at risk of hurting yourself or others. 

When you’re in the midst of a crisis, it can be hard to know where to turn. Your Life Iowa is here to walk beside you until your life is back on track. We can connect you to services and trained professionals to help in a mental health crisis. 

Here are more support options that may be available in your community: 

  • Crisis Stabilization Community-Based Services are short-term services. They provide services where the individual lives, works or socializes. They help de-escalate and stabilize an individual following a mental health crisis. 
  • Crisis Stabilization Residential Services are short-term living arrangements. They help to de-escalate and stabilize an individual after a mental health crisis. 
  • Mobile Response is an on-site, face-to-face mental health service. It is for individuals experiencing a crisis. Mobile response staff are able to intervene wherever the crisis is occurring. 
  • 23 Hour Observation and Holding is a secure and protected environment. Individuals can stay up to 23 hours. It is a staffed my medical professionals and supervised treatment environment. 
  • Warm Line is a telephone line staffed by individuals with lived experience. They provide nonjudgmental, nondirective support to an individual experiencing a crisis.

Support and help is available through Your Life Iowa. Live Chat, by calling (855) 581-8111 or by texting (855) 895-8398. 

Learn more about available crisis services    See mental health providers in your area


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