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Women can experience depression and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. By learning to recognize and understand Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD), women can seek support from their family and friends and get medical help.

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Mary Jo Codey

  The Codey Family  

Former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey helped launch a groundbreaking statewide campaign that raised awareness of perinatal mood disorders. She has been tireless in sharing her own experiences with PPD in the hopes that women and families can learn from her.

Watch Mary Jo's inspiring story.



What help is available in New Jersey for PMDs?

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers a PPD helpline 1-800-328-3838 that operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week to provide resources and information to women and their families and friends.

Read more questions and answers.

Supporters' Corner

You should be prepared for setbacks in the recovery process. Recovery can take a long time.

It's also important to continue treatment even when her condition improves. The chances of relapse increase when treatment is shortened.

Learn more tips to help new moms.

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