May is mental health awareness month and maternal mental health month and for several years
Resident expert Christine Kowaleski says that the efforts made to combat perinatal mood and anxiety disorder are largely in part due to the communication that has been happening between mothers and their providers.
The goal, she adds, is simple.
The intention of the program is to help mothers regardless of the stage their in when it comes to pregnancy. The program offers support and services when mothers need it. It’s also a helpful tool for medical professionals to understand how to help women who may be suffering.
Post Partum Depression can start with anxiety or the simple changes that women go through when they become pregnant, Christine says. Mothers are screened for perinatal depression on their first pre-natal visit and from that data, they can decide how frequently mothers should be screened.
Now at Crouse, moms are screened before they leave the hospital with their baby. The screening is meant to give medical professionals an idea of how a mother is feeling prior to bringing their baby home.
Along with the screenings, Crouse is opening a full service clinic in May dedicated to mothers and motherhood. Christine refers to it as a ‘one stop shop’ for moms who can get wrap around services if they need it.
On May 19th, Crouse will once again March For Mothers as a way to help them continue their work. The family friendly event is happening at
To learn more about the Perinatal Family Support Group call (315) 470-7940