Kassy’s Kause: Bringing Awareness to Maternal Mental Health Disorder




Session Description

Behavioral Mental Health disorder does not discriminate. It has been documented that 20% of women experience Maternal Mental Health Disorder (MMHD) during or after pregnancies, sometimes, so severe they lead to suicide. Unfortunately, the voices of women suffering from postpartum depression are often silent. Women are reluctant to reveal to others that they are unhappy during or after the birth of their babies. Their fear of being labeled as a nonperfect mother creates the silence that makes their illness difficult to endure and their recovery complex. Do you know the warning signs? Whether supporting a teen parent, student’s parent, colleague or family member, you can play an important role in early detection and helping break the stigma.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Discuss the causes of depression.
     #2 Describe 5 symptoms of Maternal Depression.
     #3 Identify how other individuals can help.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Susan Aguayo's headshotSusan Aguayo, President & Founder, Kassy’s Kause
Susan Aguayo was born in Peru and came to the United States, at the age of 5. She grew up in New York and studied Early Childhood Education. Later on, she pursued business and communication which gave her opportunities to work in different administrative positions. In 2004 Susan moved to New Mexico with her family. Susan became a talent manager for her son in his career of acting till the age of 18. In 2010, their dream of adopting became true. Their home was now filled with seven children. The older children graduated and moved on. Their daughter, Kassy got married and expecting her 1st child was lost to a maternal mental health disorder, known as Perinatal Depression. Susan opened a non-profit organization in 2015, called Kassy’s Kause/ Breaking the Silence of Perinatal Depression. Two years later directed and produced a documentary called, Kassy’s Hope/ My Life 4 Yours.

Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion.  As per board requirements, attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session.

Brought to you by:

Lovelace Women’s Hospital

Lovelace Women’s Hospital is New Mexico’s first and only hospital dedicated to women’s health, featuring a 53-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 24/7 emergency department, 16 labor and delivery rooms, 41-bed Mother-Baby unit and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine program for high-risk pregnancies. It offers a nationally accredited Breast Care Center, digital and 3D mammography. It is the first Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery in the state, offering the latest in minimally invasive surgery.



Jun 03 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am




(505) 266-3451