Maternal Mental Health Congressional Briefing - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hello! Stephanie Trendowski calling in from Crown Point IN, Professor and Maternal Health Ambassador
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Hello! Kathleen Alto from Cleveland OH here. I am a behavioral health provider with a Federally Qualified Health Center.
A warm welcome to all panelists and attendees. We look forward to the discussion today.
Hello from Salem, MA. I am a local birth doula.
So much love and thanks to everyone who is here today! Jamie
Enza, YAY YOU’RE HERE!
Tonya Fulwider - MHA Ohio
Hi Kathleen Alto! From a fellow Ohioan in Columbus at Mental Health America of Ohio :)
Hi everyone - thank you for joining us today! I’m Dr. Pooja Lakshmin MD, a perinatal psychiatrist in Washington DC and will be speaking about some of the new research that’s just out on maternal mental health during COVID-19 and on what I’m seeing in my practice, as well as tips you can share with moms for how to take care of themselves right now. Looking forward to this conversation!
Hello from Richmond, VA from Humphrey Program Fellow 2019-20
Welcome everyone! So glad you could join today's important briefing. On behalf of everyone at Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, welcome!
So much love and thanks to our attedees here today! Jamie
Hello! I’m Francesca, a mental health counselor, drama therapist and birth doula in NYC.
Thank you to the March of Dimes for co-hosting today's briefing, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Psychological Association, 2020Mom, and Postpartum Support International.
So grateful to today's Congressional sponsors: Black Maternal Health Caucus, Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, and Congressional Mental Health Caucus.
Hi! I am Pasqueline. Founder Calmind Foundation, member PSI, advocate for maternal mental health and survivor of postpartum depression from Nairobi, Kenya,
We need to ensure that no mothers need to suffer needlessly like Dr Harris did.
Hi everyone! I'm Antonia, I'm a peer mentor with PSI, an advocate for maternal mental health, and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
every mother, every time. our voices matter, and these professionals that ignore us need to hear our Mom voice. I’m so sorry you were dismissed. I was as well.
Hi! I'm a journalist whose focus is maternal health, specifically racial disparities with a solutions focus.
happy to answer any questions you might have after the briefing. Adrienne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi everyone! I’m Lauren, a survivor of traumatic birth and depression and founder of Candlelit Therapy, a culturally-competent service looking to connect Black moms with therapists. Here to thank everyone for their advocacy. None of us are alone.
Hi everyone — my name is Sierra Murray typing in from Brooklyn, NY. I’m a recently graduated MSW who used to work in maternal health policy and now looking to work in perinatal mental health. So happy to be here and learning with all of you, and deeply grateful for the stories you all are sharing.
Hello! I’m Keira Sorrells, Founder of the NICU Parent Network, mother of two surviving triplets born at 25 weeks and 1 full term daughter, PTSD and PPD survivor based in Mississippi
Thank you Dr. Harris!
Thank you Dr. Harris!
That was so powerful! Thank you for your testimony, Dr. Harris!
Thank you for your powerful story. So many lessons here!! I'm sorry for everything you went through.
Thank you Dr. Harris for sharing
Thank you for sharing your story Dr. Harris!
Thank you so much for your bravery Dr. Harris
Thank you, Dr. Harris.
thank you Dr Harris for your courage in sharing your experiences
Thank you Dr. Harris for sharing with us.
Thank you Sister Harris
Thank you Dr. Harris for sharing, I'm so sorry you went through that.
Hi one of the co founders of Raising Resilience we specialize in maternal mental health care for African American women thank you so much Dr. Harris for sharing your story
how are we combating the racial bias that exists in healthcare and providing support for moms given the added challenges of COVID limiting who can be with a mother during delivery?
Ivana - Postpartum Support Center
Thank you for sharing such a painful experience. Nobody should ever go through that. I am sorry it happened to you. :(
Wendy Davis, Exec Director of Postpartum Support International (PSI) here. Thank you speakers and attendees for your advocacy and support. I am so grateful and inspired.
thank you Dr Harris for sharing so vulnerably and courageously
Thank you, Dr. Harris for sharing your experience.
Thanks for organizing this, I appreciate it!
Thank you, Dr. Harris, for sharing your story. Your final remark stated the myth that Black women are not broken. #ourstoriesmatter Wenonah Valentine, Founder and Executive Director of iDREAM for Racial Health Equity. We are growing our reach with cultural humility orientations for medical maternity, social service and early child development providers and in building the capacity for emerging Black maternal mental health ambassadors and peer support in Los Angeles.
Thanks from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance as well for the excellent information and sharing of lived experience.
Hi Everyone, my name is Asha located in Boston, MA. I work for MCPAP for Moms as a resource and referral specialist. So happy to be here and also learning with you all. Thank you for this platform.
Project NICU- PAM
Hello, this is Pam Frasco, founder of Project NICU based in Cleveland, Ohio. Thank you for organizing such a wonderful lineup, important incredible information.
iDREAM for Racial Health Equity works in collaboration with Maternal Mental Health NOW in Los Angeles County.
Hi Sonia. So glad you are here today!
Hello everyone. I am Yuvetta Cash, the Director of Women’s Ministry & Affairs at Flow Church (Bowie, MD). Thank you for organizing this event.
Thank you, Dr. Harris, for your willingness to share your personal experience. Here is the MMWR from last week that focused on maternal mental health using data from PRAMS https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6919a2.htm
Postpartum Support International and coalition of U.S. organizations just released seminal report on what we as a nation can do to address perinatal mental health. Health and racial disparities must be addressed in every initiative. Find Mind the Gap Report here. https://www.postpartum.net/mind-the-gap/
Dr. Gupta — could you share those recommendations again in the chat? Specifically the policy items/existing federal programs that Congress should increase funding for?
As a woman who is a survivor and advocate for others, how do you suggest we advocate to stop dismissing mothers? Going along Dr. Harris’s Point, I’m an educated white women in an affluent zip code, and we are fighting for all mothers to be heard.
https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/your-birth-plan.aspx March of Dimes has a birth plan that has a set of questions to ask your provider about before you go into labor
We have requested increase funding to HRSA’S Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Disorders Treatment Program in the next CARES Act supplementalo Currently, the program is funded at $5 million, but with the proposed $10 million funding request, programs that provide critically-needed and cost-effective lifelines for pregnant women and new mothers during vulnerable periods in their lives.
March of Dimes supports measures to help identify and treat maternal mental health disorders, including universal screening and treatment, education and surveillance. We are supportive of the Moms MATTER Act of 2020 (HR 6143), which establishes a Maternal Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force to improve mental and behavioral health outcomes for women throughout pregnancy and up to one year postpartum.
Also, − Congress should immediately provide at least $100 million to CDC to reinvigorate and improve the Emerging Threats to Moms and Babies initiative to provide real-time clinical and survey data on the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their babies.
We will include information from today's briefing (including Dr. Gupta's comments) on MMHLA website later this afternoon. www.mmhla.org/may2020briefing/
@Adrienne - Thank you!
I cannot imagine not being with my preemie while in the Nicu. my heart goes out to these families who are separated from their children due to this virus. Thank you, Dr. Lakshmin for recognizing that.
Can you speak to the affects of the anxiety and other symptoms on the unborn fetus?
For more information on postpartum depression, check out https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/postpartum-depression.aspx
NICU Parent Network and National Perinatal Association will be launching a free online 3-course bundle on providing psychosocial support of mothers during pregnancy with a special COVID module specifically for clinicians. Hopefully training like this and found from other incredible organizations will eliminate the senseless dismissal of mothers’ mental health
@Keira that sounds amazing. I agree 100 percent. no more dismissive behavior from the Doctors we trust our lives with.
Can you please share the links to these papers?
NICU parents are well versed in this type of grief. Much to learn from the NICU parent community and how to mitigate the emotional fallout
https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/your-birth-plan.aspx Check out our Birth Plan!
We have this available in Spanish as well.
Tips from Dr. Lakshmin: 1. limit media intake; 2. it's OK to feel grief; 3. find out where/when you can have agency and control; 4. stay connected with family members; 5. Postpartum Support International is the place to find resources (www.postpartum.net, 1-800-944-4773)
Hand to Hold is also holding virtual support meetings for NICU parents, daily. https://handtohold.org/nicu-family-support/nicu-family-support-groups/
Thank you, Dr. Lakshmi. Those were great tips to use with our Moms.
Thank you, Dr. Lakshmi for sharing
Suicide was the #1 reason for postpartum deaths in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2018)
Suicide was the #1 reason for postpartum deaths in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2018)
Thank you Dr. Lakshmi for sharing so much great information, and esp resources for help. PSI staff and volunteers are here and ready to support families and link to providers. Spanish and English helpline, and the Perinatal MH Alliance for People of Color are great resources within PSI. www.postpartum.net and https://www.postpartum.net/en-espanol/
Thank you, Adrienne from a 2020 Mom Ambassador
Thank you all for your frank discussion of these very real issues. It is about time we all work together to bring an end to disparities in medical care (the existence of them is totally against our basic oath of medical practice). Patients should always be treated as individuals with all the the complexities and sensitivities that go along with being human. Sometimes, I fear that medicine has become volume driven, and patients can be treated as commodities rather than individuals-an issue that should be addressed at all levels. -Abdulla Al-Khan, MD -Vice Chair and Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine & Surgery -Hackensack Meridian Health. Hackensack University Medical Center.
The statistic from Texas is disheartening. Thank you so much for this information. We must advocate for expanded coverage. I have a sister-in -law abroad who died right after her two week postpartum check up. She left behind two daughters. It was devastating.
Can you provide an update on the MOMMA's Act? I know Medicaid expansion was included in it
State Senator Joan Lovely, Chairwoman of the postpartum commission for Massachusetts, is on this call.
Agree, Anne. The MOMMA’s act is one we are fighting for with Mom Congress.
Policy recommendations from Adrienne Griffen1. Expand and extend Medicaid coverage for all births and a full year postpartum.2. Encourage congress to further increase funding for maternal mental health programs.3. All women, including pregnant women, should be represented in COVID-19 research and drug trials4. Support a robust COVID-19 stimulus package that provides robust resources for mental health care
thank you so much for commenting on my question. I appreciate it!
@Adrienne Griffen. Thank you!
"The way a woman gives birth, and the kind of care given to her and her baby, points to the key values of the culture."
Nurses are a great ally!
So glad you found this helpful
How to advocate on a large scale:Seek out your leaders, demand change, and use organizations like the ones on this call for support.on a personal level:Find the people in the hospital around you who will advocate and support you. Ask questions, know your rights, and seek out the angels who will stand up for you-Dr. Kanika Harris
hello, what is the name of the facebook group?
It’s COVID-19 Maternal Well-Being
Feeling inspired by this wonderful information! Thank you so much for putting this panel together.
March of Dimes has some great resources to connect with others:https://share.marchofdimes.org/https://www.facebook.com/marchofdimes/
thank you all for the responses !
Wonderful Briefing. Thank you so much!
https://pmhapoc.org/ PMHA- for People of Color
Thanks, all! Terrific and very informative presentation on these urgent issues.
Thank you all so much
Thank you for this very informative presentation!
Thank you so much