Terra’s Place therapists, Dr. Bobbi Vogelsang and Dr. Cara English, recently attended the 2020 Mom Annual Forum in Los Angeles, CA. 2020 Mom was founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, and has evolved into a national organization pursuing a mission to close gaps in maternal mental health (MMH) care through education, advocacy, and collaboration. In 2014, 2020 Mom united stakeholders across the US to promote federal advocacy, lobby days, national legislation, and policy reform. Partnerships include Postpartum Support International, Maternal Mental Health Now, American College of OBGYNs, and the Perinatal Mental Health Society.

2020 Mom has tracked CDC and census data to identify state “hot spots” for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Unfortunately, according to this data, Arizona currently ranks #2 in the nation in incidence of PMADs. As such, 2020 Mom has been very busy building a stakeholders group in AZ including legislators, provider organizations, Arizona Department of Health Services, and nonprofit health advocacy organizations.

Terra’s Place is thrilled to be included in the stakeholders group, which has partnered with AZ Representative Heather Carter to draft a House Resolution declaring May 2, 2018 Maternal Mental Health Day in Arizona. Representative Carter gained the unanimous support of all House Members for this resolution.

A Press Conference will be held to share the good news on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Rose Garden at the state capitol.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this progress in our state, and we request your support in sharing the news about the AZ MMH Day Resolution and MMH legislative news to come in the near future. You can show your support by using hashtags #MMHMatters and #AzMomsMatter!

Terra’s Place will continue to do all we can to reduce the risk of PMADs for mothers and fathers in our state. We encourage you to reach out to us if you or someone you love deserves our help!