Maternal mental health, which affects one in seven women, intersects with many societal issues, such as child development, housing and family economic security. But most pregnant and parenting people, especially those of color, are not getting the help they need.
Funders for Maternal Mental Health is working to change that. Investing in maternal mental health results in better outcomes for many philanthropic priorities across a number of systems, leading to stronger families and communities.
Collective Action Drives Change
Maternal mental health is often overlooked and vastly underfunded in both the public sector and philanthropy.
Funders for Maternal Mental Health members leverage our resources and cross-systems perspectives to increase access to maternal mental health services and other supports that improve maternal mental health.
With a deep commitment to justice, we center our work on those most impacted by systemic inequities across multiple systems.
As many as 50% of low-income mothers will have a maternal mental health issue.
“Maternal mental health is at the heart of parent well-being and early child development. While challenges are incredibly common, our policies underinvest in identification and support, and even worse, our society can respond with shame and blame. Funders for Maternal Mental Health is shining a light on this issue and channeling resources to support a broad range of solutions.”
“Funders play a critical role in supporting solutions for addressing maternal mental health. Working together, we can meaningfully contribute to understanding this issue and exploring innovative, practical, and equitable solutions for delivering mental health care to mothers/birthing people in need. By being part of the FMMH network, we have the opportunity to share what we are doing in California, learn what others are working on, and find opportunities to support together. This collaboration helps us to advance our work on MMH in our own state and enables members across the country to learn from each other.”
“Maternal Mental Health issues disproportionately affect BIPOC women and birthing people. Funders can play an important role in catalyzing system change to foster community-centered, trauma-attuned interventions. This kind of compassionate approach can be employed throughout the reproductive life course and improve maternal health outcomes while eliminating racial disparities.”
Join our rapidly growing community of philanthropists centering equity in the funding of maternal mental health.
1 in 7
1 in 7 women will have a maternal mental health disorder.
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