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The workplace impact of perinatal mental health

September 27, 2019

Research from the CDC found the national rate of postpartum depression to be 11%, but newer research from Ovia Health shows that the actual incidence rate might be significantly higher.

Not only do maternal mental health conditions make a huge impact on the overall health and wellness of our families, suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety can play a serious role in a woman’s ability to succeed at work — or go back at all — after having a child.

Because of the impact on health and wellness, untreated mental health conditions can lead to missed days at work, decreased productivity, and increased turnover. A study in Annals of Family Medicine showed that depression had a far greater impact on productivity than other health conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.

Employees with depression may be less productive or engaged in their work, take more frequent sick or personal days, and be more distracted and disengaged while at work. Mental health conditions can also lead to greater attrition for employers, sometimes due to a culture that lacks social or workplace support.

To learn more about the impact of perinatal mental health and what we can do to help women who are struggling, download our latest whitepaper — Beyond birth: Continuing care for moms when they need it most.

You'll learn:

  • What you should know about perinatal mental health 

  • The impact on women and families 

  • How mental health affects the workplace

  • How digital platforms are changing the perinatal mental health landscape

  • What employers and health plans can do today to make a difference