One in five pregnant or postpartum people has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder. Depression is the most common complication related to childbearing. We know that depression and other perinatal mental health conditions can negatively affect health outcomes for all family members.
Montana sees 12,500 births per year, with 3,500 families impacted by maternal mental health conditions. This report from Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance estimates a cost of $60 million due to lost wages and poor health outcomes for mothers and babies. Efforts to improve the maternal mental health landscape include the PRISM for Moms psychiatry access program, treatment programs through the Meadowlark Initiative, and community resources like Postpartum Resource Group in Flathead County and Roots Family Collaborative in Bozeman.