Stamford woman helps mothers after child birth

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A Stamford woman recently launched an online resource dedicated to helping mothers going through their postpartum period.

Natalie Telyatnikov told News 12 that she became involved with Better Postpartum after experiencing postpartum depression. She said that during the first year of her son's life she dealt with insomnia, heart palpitations and anxiety.

The goal of the group and the online resource is to educate people on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. She said that women work hard for a healthy pregnancy and labor, but there's not enough education on what happens after giving birth.

"They can recognize it, if it's happening in their own life, and then do something to alleviate it," she said.

Experts say that 1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression.

Telyatnikov partnered with Blakeley Lowry, a maternal mental health advocate, to try to bring the program into hospitals and doctors' offices in the tristate area.

Lowry said that around half of pregnancy-related deaths happen during the postpartum period.

"We're not giving enough education to women around what to expect after they have a baby," she said.

Better Postpartum is in the running to receive a $100,000 grant to help low-income women receive better access to health care.

Monday marks the beginning of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.

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