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Alicia Glascock laughs at daughter Zoey, 8, as she hands her her sister Quinn, 2, Tuesday, December 5, at her home in South Ogden. Glascock, a registered nurse, has started a nonprofit with another Northern Utah mother to help create resources and support for women suffering from perinatal mood disorders.

 
Of the 1 in 7 mothers who report postpartum depression, 60 percent do not seek help from a medical professional, according 2004 data from the Utah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.
 
A recent Standard-Examiner story featured Northern Utah mothers trying to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders and the stigma surrounding them, as well as create better resources to help women who are battling them.
 
 
Moms who have dealt with postpartum disorders shared their thoughts on Facebook:
 
"What people don't realize about maternal mental health is we're talking about more than postpartum depression," Amy-Rose White, a licensed clinical social worker and private practice perinatal psychotherapist, explained in a recent interview with the Standard-Examiner.
 
 
 
White is also the founder and executive director of Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, an all-volunteer organization and state chapter for Postpartum Support International. The nonprofit works to increase and improve awareness, prevention, detection and treatment of MMH, according to its website.

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The most common complication related to childbirth, postpartum depression can include anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis.
 
Utah has the highest birthrate in the country, but data and comments to the Standard-Examiner show many mothers feel their mental health is overlooked. We're looking for women who want to share their stories of trauma, depression or other postpartum struggles so we can continue this conversation.
 
Please send submissions or questions to swelliver@standard.net
 
Contact journalist Sarah Welliver at 801-625-4240 or swelliver@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @welliverse.
 
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