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Overview

Ask the Question is a campaign designed to enlist those who know, care for, or care about a new mom to ask her the simple question, “How are you?” Find out how she is feeling and coping in the weeks and months after giving birth.

The Ask the Question campaign provides support to a new mother, giving her permission to talk about her feelings. You may be raising awareness of postpartum depression and could encourage her to seek treatment for this medical illness.

Let the new mom in your life know that if she’s feeling down, anxious, or depressed, there is help, there is hope, and she is not alone. Pledge now and ask the question.

About the pledge

Perinatal mood disorders are common health concerns for many expectant or new mothers, affecting women regardless of age, marital status, race, education or income. First time mothers as well as women who have had more than one child may experience significant depression or anxiety in the weeks and months after giving birth.

Despite occurring in nearly 20 percent of all postpartum mothers, the illness often remains unrecognized and untreated. This is, in part, because many new moms are reluctant to discuss feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed in the weeks and months after giving birth. Many women feel ashamed that they are not as joyful as they think they should be, or feel that by acknowledging these feelings they may be viewed negatively. Untreated, these illnesses may have lifelong implications for both the mother and the child.

When a new mother feels comfortable enough to ask for help it can make all the difference. So, please—ask the question. With the right treatment and support, these mothers can go on to feel well and fully enjoy all the benefits new motherhood has to offer.

For more information about perinatal mood disorders, or about the Ask the Question campaign, please call (516/718) 470-4MOM.


New mom questionnaire

The 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for perinatal depression.

Download here

Become an Ask the Question champion

What does it mean to be an Ask the Question champion?

Becoming an Ask the Question champion means:

  • You are committed to asking pregnant woman and new mothers how they are feeling
  • You are committed to spreading the message and raising awareness about perinatal mood disorders
  • You will join our important campaign and recruit others to join the campaign so that people everywhere will ask the question

How can I spread the message?

  • If you are a healthcare professional, you may decide to implement within your own group Ask the Question practices that will become valuable routine procedures.
  • If you are a program administrator, you may choose to ask your entire team to take the pledge and join the campaign.
  • If you are a new mom, you may have the conversation with all your family and friends, and ask them to take the pledge.

Why should I become an Ask the Question champion?

  • Perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression can affect anyone! Becoming an Ask the Question champion is so simple that anyone can do it. Asking the question may help someone you love.