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Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health and Suicide

June 10, 2021

NC MATTERS Medical Director Dr. Mary Kimmel presented at the 2nd Annual Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health and Suicide on June 8, 2021. The event was sponsored by Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, March of Dimes, and Sage Therapeutics in cooperation with a number of national organizations aimed at promoting maternal mental health. The … Continued

NC MATTERS Featured as a MDRBD Program Success Story

January 11, 2021

JBS International recently released a new infographic, which highlights the successes of NC MATTERS and RI MomsPRN in Rhode Island. Since September 2019, the NC MATTERS team has fielded 286 consultation calls from 38 counties across North Carolina. Find the infographic here.

Addressing Taboo Topics: Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy

November 30, 2020

Medical Director Mary Kimmel speaks with 97.9 The Hill about the stress that new and expectant mothers can face, and how that can impact symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kimmel said it can be very difficult to recognize or admit feelings of depression or anxiety at a time when moms are supposed to be happy. … Continued

Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy may harm childhood development, study finds

September 21, 2020

A mother’s depression and anxiety from conception through the first year of the baby’s life is associated with negative developmental outcomes through adolescence, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. That could affect a lot of women: About 15% to 23% of women worldwide experience anxiety during pregnancy, while 15% deal with anxiety after childbirth. Depression … Continued

The ‘fourth trimester’ and plight of new mothers during a pandemic

May 8, 2020

For decades, the US has prioritized babies’ well-being and treated new mothers’ health as an afterthought. “There is a fourth trimester to pregnancy, and we neglect it at our peril,” natural childbirth activist Sheila Kitzinger warned in a 1975 journal article. “It is a transitional period of approximately three months after birth . . . when many women are … Continued

The Postpartum Care Tips OB/Gyns Wish You Knew

February 11, 2020

Dr. Mary Kimmel is quoted in this Good Housekeeping article about people who give birth can navigate the postpartum recover period. “Give yourself space to feel whatever emotions you have, including grief or sadness. We go into birth with a lot of expectations, including some we don’t even realize we have. Having surgery and recovery … Continued

Perinatal depression affects one in seven women, including me

January 24, 2020

“Less well-known than postpartum depression, perinatal depression caused by hormone and life changes affects many pregnant women. I should know: I’m one of them.” Journalist Yen Duong writes about her experience with perinatal depression and accessing mental health care in North Carolina. She interviews NC MATTERS Program Manger Karen Burns and Medical Director Mary Kimmel … Continued

MCPAP for Moms Featured on NPR

January 23, 2020

MCPAP for Moms, a perinatal psychiatry access program in Massachusetts that supports MATTERS, was recently featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. The article recognizes other perinatal psychiatry access programs throughout the country, several of whom are Lifeline4Moms Network members like NC MATTERS. This story and all the activity on social media that it has generated speaks … Continued

MATTERS in the NC Medical Journal

January 23, 2020

The January-February 2020 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal covers the state of perinatal health in North Carolina, from levels of perinatal health, to barriers to quality care, to treatment for perinatal substance use disorders. Dr. Mary Kimmel writes about the significant negative impacts depression and anxiety can have on a mother and her … Continued