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Perinatal Mental Health: The Need For Broader Understanding And Policies That Meet The Challenges

April 03, 2024

Health Affairs Perinatal Mental Health and Well-Being April issue cover

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Perinatal mental health is increasingly recognized as a crucial factor influencing the well-being of both mothers and children, particularly amidst the ongoing crisis of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States. Recent policy initiatives, such as the Taskforce Recommending Improvements for Unaddressed Mental Perinatal and Postpartum Health (TRIUMPH) for New Moms Act of 2021 and expanded postpartum coverage under Medicaid, have aimed to address adverse outcomes. However, despite these advancements, the United States still lacks a comprehensive healthcare system capable of adequately addressing the mental health needs of perinatal individuals and their families. Furthermore, the burden of untreated perinatal mental health issues disproportionately affects racially minoritized populations, including Black, Asian, and multiracial individuals. A broader understanding of perinatal mental health, rooted in principles of reproductive justice, is necessary.

Discover the latest insights on perinatal mental health challenges in the newest issue of Health Affairs magazine, featuring Karen Tabb Dina. The issue features trends, costs, and the consequences of untreated mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum.

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