Barriers to care numerous for prenatal, postpartum mental health
Doug Brunk Ob.Gyn
"Many things get in the way of women getting the help they need, including the cost of treatment," said Dr. Indman, a women’s mental health counselor who practices in San Jose, Calif. "They wonder how they’re going to pay for it. Many people don’t think that health insurance will cover mental health, particularly something related to pregnancy or postpartum. Usually there is coverage."
Limited time is another perceived barrier. With a new baby in your life, "who has time if you’re working or if you have other children in the home?" she said. "There’s also the potential loss of pay from work. How can you miss work to get the help you need if you go back to work after your maternity leave?"
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