Maternal Wellness Symposium (MWS)
The Maternal Wellness Symposium (MWS) is a FREE community event, inspired by Annette Aviles, IBCLC, CCE, CPHW Manager/Health Care Partner of The Eight. MWS offers a multi-disciplinary learning opportunity for professionals who provide services to women and their families during pregnancy and after childbirth. MWS seeks to enhance learning and communications among mental health and community-based providers, birthing professionals, nurses, and physicians. MWS presents learning and self-care opportunities for parents and interested community members.
Pregnancy, the postpartum period, and parenting present a multitude of challenges for many women and their families. Up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression (PPD) after pregnancy and suffer in silence, according to the American Psychological Association, and the California Department of Public Health estimates this rate is 1 in 5 California. When including women who have miscarried or have stillbirths, around 900,000 women suffer from PPD annually in the US.