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There is ample evidence correlating the lifelong impact of these challenges, when not supported, on not only the birthing person's emotional wellbeing, but also on optimal brain development in the infant and the health of family relationships.
Today, despite these growing statistics, traditional obstetrics and institutional healthcare remain largely untrained in perinatal mental health and ill-equipped to manage it as an issue or through staffing. Societally, shame and inadequacy are our first reactions to perinatal struggle, rather than feeling deserving of a village of support and concern during one of life's most overwhelming, challenging and expensive seasons.
The wellbeing of the primary caregiver is a vitally significant factor in healthy infant social/emotional and learning development with lifelong implications. Families, especially birthing people, are not meant to give life and raise another human alone, but rather in a village (we are quite literally biologically hard-wired to).
Mind Body Baby works to be that village for anyone who needs it.