LatinaLista — We are groomed to believe that all Latinas are natural-born mothers. In fact, the assumption has morphed into a stereotype of most Latinas. When some of us don’t especially feel that maternal connection with our newborns, we don’t say anything.
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In North Carolina, the authors of a 2007 state health report card for women gave Latinas in that state a “F” for not reporting depression after having their babies.
According to Maternidad Latina:
It is estimated that 10% to 15% of women experience post-partum depression after giving birth. And even though the rates for Latinas are not well documented, it is speculated to be higher.
But just how much higher is it?
It’s a million dollar question that hasn’t been explored enough by the health community — until now. Latina Lista received a request from a graduate student at the University of North Texas who is doing a special study looking into post-partum depression in Latinas.
But to do a study, she needs women who experienced or are experiencing these feelings. It’s the only way to finally draw some attention to the fact that Latinas too are only human.
If you, or someone you know, has or is experiencing the feelings described in the following, please consider joining the study. You would be helping the national community of Latinas.
My name is Melissa Gosdin and I am a Sociology graduate student at the University of North Texas. I am conducting research on the experiences of new mothers and I really need your help. I am looking for Mexican American mothers who feel sad or depressed after giving birth. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of both Mexican American adolescent and adult mothers and to find out what their health needs are.
Please know that the information you share with me is completely confidential.
In order to participate you must :
â€¢ Have never gone to a mainstream doctor for depression
â€¢ Are not taking medication for depression
â€¢ Have delivered 8 weeks to 1 year ago
â€¢ Feel sad or unhappy often since giving birth
â€¢ Speak English
If you are interested in participating please contact Melissa Gosdin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your thoughts and opinions will help other Hispanic mothers who feel sad.