Know the risk factors.

Having a risk factor below does not automatically mean you will experience anxiety, depression or related illnesses during or after pregnancy.  Knowing you have risk factors can help you prepare for support should you need it.

Known risk factors include:

  1. Mother/father is a minor (under age 18)

  2. Depression or anxiety in pregnancy

  3. Personal or family history of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders or OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

  4. Previous anxiety, depression or related perinatal mental health symptoms in a prior pregnancy/postpartum time frame.

  5. History of sensitivity to hormonal shifts (example: depression or anxiety at puberty, PMS, after pregnancy loss, mood sensitivity to birth control pills/fertility drugs)

  6. Thyroid dysfunction

  7. Poor social, familial or financial well-being

Complicating/additional risk factors:

  1. Crisis related to health of baby or mother (during pregnancy, during birth or after birth); high needs infant

  2. Recent loss/unresolved loss

  3. Recent move (feeling of isolation)

  4. “Type A” personality; perfectionist; “superwoman syndrome”

  5. Complications in pregnancy, birth; breastfeeding

  6. History of abuse

  7. History of lack of foundational attachment as a child

  8. Unresolved feeling about miscarriage, abortion, adoption or infant loss

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Awareness

Amandla Shabaka-Haynes

Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.