May 29, 2024
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • Pregnant women and new mothers in the United States are experiencing a severe mental health crisis, with mental health conditions emerging as the leading underlying cause of pregnancy-related deaths, according to the CDC. Between 2019 and 2021, maternal mortality rates surged by approximately 60 percent, with suicides and overdoses contributing to nearly a quarter of these deaths. Substance use, depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts and postpartum psychosis are also on the rise among this demographic. While the CDC reported a decrease in maternal deaths in 2022, totaling 817, detailed data on the causes of these deaths remains undisclosed, making it challenging to ascertain the extent of maternal mental health deterioration. (Article here)