Gina Arias is working with the Maternal Justice Team at MomsRising to advocate for policy changes and greater resources for maternal mental health. She has over 25 years of experience in public health focused on program management, community engagement, partnership-building, training, health education, policy, and advocacy. Her work has primarily centered on sexual and reproductive health, maternal health equity, and HIV/AIDS. She became a Registered Nurse in 2015.
Blog Post List
May 1, 2023
It is often the stories that we don’t share that are amongst the most important ones. I know that after I gave birth to my son 21 years ago no one knew that I was hardly eating and regularly crying both in private and in public. It was only years later that I felt comfortable sharing that with others. And yet it might have helped me, and other women, to open up about what I was going through . That way I may have been able to receive the proper support as well as help other new mothers to not feel so alone. The fact is that entry into parenthood is not always peaches and cream. No matter how...
MomsRising Education Fund
February 16, 2023
"I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. My doctor didn't discuss it with me and I didn't know what was happening to me." --Lois Lois is just like so many moms who struggle after giving birth. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can, and we must, do better!
February 3, 2023
Famous children’s author Dr. Seuss wrote “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” But not so much in Florida. Under a Florida law that went into effect in July 2022, all books in elementary school libraries must be reviewed by a certified media specialist. This includes much loved classroom collections for independent reading. As a result, Florida teachers are increasingly being told that they should remove books or they risk being charged with a third-degree felony.
MomsRising Education Fund
January 17, 2023
They say teamwork makes the dream work. We are set to find out how that concept will unfold on the issue of maternal mental health in the United States. With your help, the bipartisan TRIUMPH for New Moms Act (“TRIUMPH”) ( H.R.4217 / S.2779 ) and Into the Light For Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Act ( H.R.7073 / S .3824) passed Congress in its end-of-year omnibus. This progress towards addressing maternal mental health is due in part to your calls, your emails, and your voice in supporting new families! TRIUMPH will promote federal collaboration between agencies and...
June 27, 2022
You are not alone. That’s what the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) wants new parents to know. Last month, HRSA launched a 24-hour maternal mental health hotline (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS or 1-833-943-5746) which offers free and confidential access to professional counselors that provide mental health support, resources, and referrals to pregnant and postpartum mothers and their loved ones. It is a resource I wish that I’d had when I gave birth to my son 20 years ago. For months after he was born I was barely eating and crying all the time and everywhere. It wasn’t until years...