May 07, 2017 11:58 PM
With Mother's Day on the way, a local organization is looking to raise awareness about post partum depression.
One-in-five new mothers will go through post partum depression, according to the Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota Organization.
Lisa Cross and Crystal Clancy are the co-directors of the organization, and they have also struggled with post-partum. Clancy said she experienced post-partum depression after giving birth to her second child.
"For me it was more feelings of being irritable and angry, kind of just wanted to get away," said Crystal Clancy. "There was difficulty attaching to my baby and I was just not enjoying being a mom the way that I did the first time around."
Lisa Cross said she experienced post-partum obsessive compulsive disorder. Often times the symptoms can include intrusive thoughts.
"A problem with getting help is that a lot of women do not understand what is going on," said Cross.
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota organization provides resources for new moms and fathers once they call the helpline. According to the organization, there are five categories of post-partum depression.
"Over the course of the time that we had the help line in play our numbers continued to increase through the year," said Lisa Cross. "We do a lot of education with the help line and I think moms are starting to understand that it's out there and providers are starting to understand that it's there and offer that as a resource to patients."
"The main goal is to get them the help that they need and reach out to their providers," said Crystal Clancy. "We want providers to know how they can engage those patients to encourage them and reach out for help."
On May 20, the Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota organization will host its' 4th annual Daisy Dash 5K Walk/ Run in Edina.
According the organization, all proceeds will will go to Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota to continue with its mission to support new and expectant parents struggling with prenatal mood or anxiety disorders, loss and birth trauma.
Updated: May 07, 2017 11:58 PM
Created: May 07, 2017 11:26 AM
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