An Interview with Instagram Stars @mamapsychologists

Chelsea and Caitlin, the famous duo behind @mamapsychologists ( were kind enough to grant us an interview about Perinatal Mental Health, barriers to care, organizations filling the gap in resources, and more! Check out the interview below:

What drew you to the field of Perinatal Mental Health, do you have any of your own experiences with PMADs?

We were both drawn to the Perinatal & Maternal Mental Health world after going through our own difficult postpartum periods. 

Caitlin experienced significant postpartum anxiety with her firstborn that led to difficulties in trying to get out of the house, severe intrusive thoughts, and loss of sleep. 

Chelsea experienced adjustment disorder and depressive symptoms when her first born was born prematurely at 27weeks and had a significant NICU stay. 

As we came to the realization we were struggling, even though from the outside looking in we should have the tools and strategies to cope, we knew that there must be so many other mothers out there that were struggling in silence. We both had years of experience and training working with children and families, therefore the transition into the perinatal mental health world was truly a natural one. 

We wanted to name the hard things in motherhood, through sharing raw and honest posts (with a dash of humour from time to time) as we too are living through parenting alongside our community.  Mamapsychologists is aimed at creating a sense of community, providing research backed information, and supporting mothers and parents who were suffering in silence.

What are some of the challenges that you see in educating the public about the importance of Perinatal Mental Health?

Some common barriers to accessing education and support are: 

  • Lack of access
  • Lack of time 
  • Childcare 
  • Cultural factors 
  • Lack of support within the family unit
  • Inadequate screening for PMADS (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder)
  • Cost 
  • Lack of information/awareness 
  • Stigma
  • Social media influence (I.E portraying the “perfect” postpartum) 

What are some key things you would tell families struggling with PMADs for the first time?

  • It is important to share with someone that you are struggling. We always recommend a health care provider or a trained perinatal mental health therapist. 
  • Know that common doesn’t mean you have to suffer alone or in silence. 
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to share due to shame and guilt, it is important to know that if you are experiencing PMADS that it doesn’t mean you are a bad mother or parent.
  • There are resources out there available to gain information or support.

How do you think organizations like Perinatal Support Washington are filling in the gaps in Perinatal Healthcare?

Organizations such as Perinatal Support Washington are helping close the gaps for mothers and families. They provide information, resources, and support for families that may not know where to turn. By providing different modes of delivery, such as online, over the phone, and digital information, they allow for an increase in accessibility. 

Any other organizations you would like to highlight?”

Postpartum Support International

Healthy Parents Healthy Children