Anxiety, intrusive thoughts, postpartum depression, stress, lack of health resources and information, and isolation have increased in pregnant women and new moms.
Previa Alliance helps women navigate their unique journey to motherhood by providing the resources and support necessary to protect and strengthen their mental health.
Of maternal mental health issues go untreated
pregnant women are affected by postpartum depression (PPD)
of women don’t attend the 6-week follow-up appointment where PPD screenings occur
Estimated $14 billion in economic burden of untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (2017)
Previa Alliance is a maternal mental health company founded on personal experience with postpartum depression. Our primary goal is to educate women about maternal mental health, including providing regular depression screenings throughout pregnancy and the first year postpartum. We help connect women with counselors who provide the support and skills to address anxiety, stress, depression, and other concerns.
Our digital platform includes a dashboard where women can track their screening scores and access a vast video and podcast library on topics like mental health, newborn basics, lactation, pelvic floor therapy, parenting tips, and much more. They can also send in questions and request therapy with the click of a button!
Ernest and Young state that the cost to replace a new mom who does not return to work is 150% of her salary. Research supports that there is a $4 Return-on-Investment (ROI) for every $1 spent on mental health.
Supporting an employee’s (or family member’s) mental health during pregnancy and postpartum will lead to increased productivity, job performance, and absenteeism, as well as increased return to work post-maternity leave. Employers benefit when they demonstrate that mental health matters.
Previa Alliance provides an all-encompassing Employee Assistance Plan that provides one-of-a-kind pregnancy to one-year postpartum support.
Previa Alliance was created for moms by moms who are also maternal mental health experts. We support not only the mom but her entire support team with timely information and access to support and other resources.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is the number one complication of childbirth, occurring in 1 in 3 women in the post-Covid era. Postpartum depression can present at any time in the first year after childbirth, often coinciding with a return to work by the mother. Anxiety, depression, and intrusive thinking can occur at any point during pregnancy.
Along with being most common, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the costliest complications of pregnancy. A 2017 research article published by the American Public Health Association stated that the cost of untreated PMADs is $14.2 billion, with employer health plans carrying most of the cost.
The American Psychological Association states that about half of the women who receive a PPD diagnosis experience symptoms during their pregnancy. It’s an important reason for the importance of reducing stigma around this condition.
Women avoid disclosing symptoms of anxiety/depression to their doctors out of fear of stigma, being judged as an “unfit” mother, or having their child removed from the home (Chew-Graham, Sharp, Chamberlain, Folkes, & Turner, 2009). Similarly, they worry that divulging their symptoms to employers could lead to repercussions at work, such as demotion or removal from projects and assignments (Selix & Goyal, 2015).
However, referral to a company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can increase the chances of pregnant/postpartum women receiving proper screening, diagnosis, and psychiatric care as needed. Employers that support mental health see a return of $4 for every dollar invested in mental health treatment, according to new research released May 13, 2023, from the National Safety Council and NORC at the University of Chicago. When employees receive effective treatment for mental distress, organizations realize reduced total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and decreased disability costs.
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