Hey Mama!  New motherhood, or repeat motherhood can sure pile on the stress. Sometimes it’s so gradual that we don’t notice it until we’re barely hanging onto the confluence of work and family schedules, and those pesky expectations we put on ourselves! In honor of Spring and new beginnings in May - Maternal Mental Health month - let’s look at realistic ways to reduce stress and risk of depression and anxiety in motherhood. 

1 in 4 women have experienced intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.1
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is the willful use of abuse or aggression that occurs in a current or past romantic relationship.  IPV can range from one episode of violence that could have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over multiple years.  Many women first experience a form of IPV before the age of 18.

Babies whose mothers smoke are three times more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).¹
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day. It’s a day when the World Health Organization shines a light on the dangers of tobacco use and exposure for mothers, babies and children. Studies show that few smokers are aware of the serious risks to babies and children.²

In the United States, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year.²

How Does Sexual Violence Against Women Happen?

Long ago, it was thought that a woman couldn’t get pregnant unless she had consented to sex. This myth was perpetuated for centuries and used to subjugate women and prevent them from speaking out against their abusers. Thanks to advancing social theory and medical science, we now know better. Yet, sexual violence against women continues, taking many forms of sexual assault to rape. In the United States, an astonishing 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year² and the frequency is similiar across all racial and ethnic groups.¹