Ep. 13 : Standing in the Gap for Maternal Mental Health

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"We address the mom's physical health so much more than their mental health....moms don't need shame or guilt; they need support."

Episode 13 – Standing in the Gap for Maternal Mental Health

Trigger Warning: This episode discusses perinatal mood disorders and mental health issues. Listener discretion is advised.

1 in 7 women will experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the pregnancy or postpartum period. In low income and underserved populations, that number rises to 1 in 4. When we factor in the lack of mental health screenings in place, the challenging access to resources, and the myths and misunderstandings out there about mental health, it’s no wonder that new mothers are struggling to understand how to be a healthy and whole person.

On this episode of Milwaukee Momcast, we chat with one of the co-founders of Mom’s Mental Health Initiative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who has created a resource to connect moms to the providers and services they need to receive quality mental health care.

This episode dispels many of the myths we’ve come to believe about maternal health, addresses the obstacles that stand in moms’ way, and emphasizes the importance of support and quality care to save women’s lives.

Episode #13 - About Our Guest

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SARAH ORNST BLOOMQUIST

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC is MMHI’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. She has been advocating for women’s perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 18 years of professional experience including her work as child advocacy program coordinator at Cottageview Children’s Center, life coach at Innermost Coaching, relationship specialist at Fathers and Families Center, and as a counselor at Women’s Care Center in Milwaukee. Sarah is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Family Life Educator, and speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. Born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, she is a cheesehead at heart, but did spend 10 years as a Hoosier after marrying Mike (a native of Indiana and Larry Bird fan).

Sarah lives in the greater Milwaukee area with her husband and two children. She is active in her church and community, enjoys spontaneous mini-excursions with her family, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and taking her rescue dogs for walks.

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