A Conversation about Maternal Mental Health

May 10, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, pregnancy-related and postpartum depression and anxiety are common - affecting anywhere from 10-20 percent of all mothers. As we head toward Mother’s Day, Kara Lofton talks with several women about their maternal mental health experience.

Also on today's show, J.D. Vance, author of the bestselling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” returns to his native Kentucky this week. But Vance isn’t selling books. He’s leading a bus tour of well-heeled venture capitalists looking for investment options in the region. As the Ohio Valley ReSource's Jeff Young reports, Vance’s tour is attracting hopeful companies and some harsh critics.

And we hear more from a series focusing on students in Appalachian North Carolina about what it’s like to live in the mountains. These pieces were crafted during a summer program of the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE) for girls in grades 6 through 9. The youths in the program worked with facilitators to write, edit, and voice “digital stories” that say something about their lives. Today we hear a story from Wrenn Treadway about her family’s tradition of cooking donuts.

West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which is solely responsible for its content. Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.