14,2% of respondents did turn to a perinatal psychologist (13,8% turned to a professional at the institution where they were attended to and 10,4% found a professional elsewhere). Among those a great majority noted that professional help was effective. The reasons that precluded women from seeking help of a psychologist are noteworthy:
- 72,6% (!) of women did not realise the existence of a problem and the need to see a professional·
- 27,4% were put off by the cost of the service·
- 10,4% are afraid of being judged by their family or society
Therefore, the survey results indicate that the majority of pregnant women in Ukraine face emotional difficulties and need professional help. At the same time, there is basically no established practice of surveying expectant mothers on their emotional state.
It is evident that establishing effective dialogue between future mothers and doctors is a necessary condition for maintaining the emotional health of pregnant women. Moreover, the survey has highlighted the fact that perinatal psychologists are in demand and need to become more affordable and available at the maternity clinics
This is why 280 Days Fund is providing tele-counselling with a perinatal psychologist for the expectant mothers who have anxiety, fears or concerns.To arrange a conversation with a psychologist, it is necessary to fill out an online anonymous form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjxYvlfEwbc-U6g4us2dgLZyFnSDP7AQ_b5izCyUok4ldqcQ/viewform
You can also make a personal contribution to support mothers' mental health: make a charitable donation by following the link: https://280days.org/donate
. n the "Purpose of Payment" field please state "charitable donation for psychological support".