GLEN OAKS, NY – The Nassau County Department of Health Perinatal Services Network, in collaboration with Zucker Hillside Hospital and several other organizations, recently held a conference where they announced a new public service campaign on post-partum depression and other mood disorders.
The May 11 conference, entitled “She Is Not Alone: Creating A Safety Net for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Nassau County Who Face Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, featured Brenda Rosado, 33, of Fresh Meadows, Queens, who told her personal story to a gathering of physicians, social workers, nurses and county officials. She said she was like any other young woman awaiting the birth of her child, but then something changed. “After my son Alex’s birth 16 months ago, I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t stop crying and I couldn’t get out of bed,” she recalled.
After her obstetrician recommended that Ms. Rosado seek mental health counseling, Ms. Rosado sought the advice of Tina Walch, MD, director of adult ambulatory services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, and the head of the hospital’s Perinatal Psychiatry Service. It was Dr. Walch who diagnosed Brenda with postpartum depression, and suggested a treatment plan of talk therapy and medications.
With little Alex happily clinging to his mother, Mr. Rosado told the audience that she is now enjoying motherhood and has a wonderful relationship with her son. “It is so important to get the help you need,” she said. “This has changed my life.”
Joined by her Zucker Hillside colleagues who refer to themselves as the “Pink Ladies,” Dr. Walch introduced a public service campaign called “Ask the Question.” Dr. Walch distributed buttons and instructional materials that displayed a simple question mark. “Our goal is to get people to ask a pregnant woman or mother of a newborn how she is doing and if she feels that she might need help for herself or for her newborn,” said Dr. Walch. Noting that postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders affect one in five women, Dr. Walch stressed that this disorder crosses all socio-economic borders and that women should not be ashamed to ask for help. “It’s important to ask the question,” Dr. Walch said, “and to really listen to the answer.”
To watch a public service announcement on post-partum depression, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=11r9GVDUb-I. To reach Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Perinatal Service Network, call 516/718-470-4MOM (4666).