Crouse Raises Awareness for Maternal Mental Health Month

Ysabella Palmowski

Ysabella Palmowski wears a purple hat in the Kienzle Family Maternity Center at Crouse Health.

Crouse Health is raising awareness for Maternal Mental Health Month by giving out purple hats to all babies born this May in our Kienzle Family Maternity Center.

One in seven moms and one in 10 dads suffer from postpartum depression. As the Central New York leader in deliveries, with nearly 4,000 births annually, Crouse Health’s Perinatal Family Support Program is an outlet for ongoing support and awareness-raising activities for parents of new babies, as well as those dealing with perinatal depression.

The stigma and judgment accompanying a diagnosis of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) make it an under-reported illness and, subsequently, the most under-treated obstetrical complication.

The Crouse Family Support Program is open to all families, regardless of where they delivered their babies. The program is led by Christine Kowaleski, DNP, MHNP-BC, who is certified in family, neonatal and psychiatric care.

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