Maternal mental health disorders like postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not your fault.

Some women may have risk factors that increase their chance of experiencing perinatal mood disorders. These are some of those risk factors:

  • History of mental illness, either during pregnancy or at other times
  • History of previous perinatal mood disorders
  • Family members with depression or other mood disorders
  • Stressful events during the past year such as moving, family illness/loss, or financial problems
  • Unstable relationship with a partner
  • History of trauma such as physical or sexual abuse, either as a child or adult
  • Current domestic violence or other abuse
  • Fertility treatments
  • Miscarriage or child loss
  • Unwanted or unplanned pregnancy
  • Complications/illness during pregnancy and/or delivery
  • A baby or babies with illness or special needs
  • A baby or babies in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)
  • Premature delivery
  • Multiples (twins, triplets, etc)
  • Lack of support system (family, friends, caregivers)
  • Women in low socioeconomic situations
  • Women in minority groups