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Mon Health’s Progressing Through Postpartum Program to Speak at National Conference

Posted Date: 3/18/2024
Mon Health’s Progressing Through Postpartum (P3) Program will represent Mon Health System at the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care Symposium in San Diego, California.

Through Mon Health’s P3 Program, mothers are screened before, during, and after pregnancy for any indication of anxiety, depression, or mood disorder. This allows for early detection and management of symptoms, giving the P3 team an opportunity to connect with mothers early on and provide continuous support throughout their pregnancy and postpartum journey.

Representing West Virginia’s only dedicated perinatal mental health program, P3 members Jennifer Bender, Perinatal Nurse Navigator, and Lora McDonald, Perinatal Social Worker, will take the stage to speak on proactive outreach support for pregnancy and postpartum patients with a focus on that patient’s experience with any type of reproductive loss.

“We feel a special focus on families that have experienced a loss is close to our hearts and are honored to share how proactive outreach is impacting our patients,” said Bender. “Reaching out and providing proactive care during one of the most difficult times in someone's life is the least we can do. We will never change what happened, we can support our precious families as they journey through grief and loss."

According to the Institute of Reproductive Grief and current available data, one in four U.S. pregnancies end in miscarriage. Additionally, hospital emergency departments are reporting an average of five pregnancy losses each day and it is reported that 2.4 million fetal and neonatal deaths occur in the perinatal period in the United States each year. These numbers don’t include infertility, which carries its own repeated, emotional pain. Grief after pregnancy loss and reproductive loss is often underestimated, yet 60% of bereaved parents experience depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

“We see the importance of the care that we provide to our patients and families through P3 every day, especially as it relates to reproductive loss,” said McDonald. “We are proud to represent our program and share our practices with others across the country. Our hope is that our experience can inspire others to provide more comprehensive support to patients and their families as they navigate through one of the most difficult times in their lives."

For more information about the P3 offerings at Mon Health, visit MonHealth.com/OBGYN. If interested in supporting the program, visit MonHealth.com/Donate
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