There are many unexpected factors that women face after giving birth. From physical complications like overall soreness and afterbirth pains to the emotional charge of caring for a tiny human being, the next season of being a woman can be overwhelming to say the very least.
According to the World Health Organization, about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women worldwide who have recently given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily clinical depression. 
In an effort to make maternal mental health a priority, MDW is hosting licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) Missy Hem to rally around mothers and educate women about informed care surrounding the topic of intervention - before, during, and after pregnancy.
Specializing in trauma-informed therapy for people experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, Missy's mission is to walk alongside her clients toward a place of restoration and confidence.
"The family-building stage of life can be stressful, overwhelming, physically grueling, and taxing on relationships," explains Missy.
"Pregnant and newly postpartum people are navigating a highly personal and profound transformation--one which can elicit feelings of astonishing, expansive highs and painful, disorienting lows.
It can be hard to have such conflicting feelings, but it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad parent."
Join us on April 15, 2023, to dive into the topic of maternal mental wellness.
In this 1-hour chat, Missy will:
Explore the myths of Motherhood
Help normalize the highs and lows of the reproductive experience
Call out the signs and symptoms of PMADs (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)
Explain how caring for Mom ultimately helps care for Baby
Date: April 15, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Place: St. Charles Public Library - Bisbee Conference Room
1 South 6th Ave.
St. Charles, IL
All MDW community events and support groups are free, however, goodwill donations in any amount will be gladly accepted via Venmo to offset the cost of renting spaces and hosting future speakers.
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None of the advice shared on The Modern Domestic Woman (MDW) or any of its platforms should be a substitute for professional clinical treatment. MDW does not endorse any practitioners and is not responsible for treatment results.
While some of the contributors provide a narrative of their own mental health experience, the goal is to help readers find supportive resources in their specific geographic location.
MDW reserves the right to remove any professional listing not abiding by the overall mission of providing healthy and positive resources for women of any background or gender identification.
World Health Organization "Maternal Mental Health," 2022.