The New York Times: 1 in 5 Mothers Gets Postpartum Depression. New York City Plans to Help.

The New York Times, February 5, 2020: 1 in 5 mothers gets postpartum depression. New York City plans to help.

It had been a difficult first childbirth: The umbilical cord had gotten entangled around her daughter’s neck, and the doctors wanted to keep the baby at the hospital for three days.

“I couldn’t bring my baby home. I was a mess,” Chirlane McCray recalled. “There should have been someone other than the nurses and the doctors to talk to.”

McCray, who created and oversees New York City’s mental health initiative known as ThriveNYC, is now behind a city effort to address the need for postnatal mental health care.

Every first-time parent in New York City will soon be eligible to receive as many as six home visits from professionals as part of a $43 million early childhood effort that Ms. McCray will announce on Wednesday.

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