It is hoped the news of a pregnancy is joyous, resources are plentiful and a woman leaves childbirth feeling healthy and empowered. But many new parents struggle to attain this ideal—especially during a global pandemic. The year 2020 brought abrupt changes to everyday life that caught all of us off guard, but expecting mothers were an especially vulnerable group. A newly released study by Aeroflow Breastpumps highlights the struggles pregnant women and new mothers experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking at several indicators of well-being for perinatal mothers—including mental health, finances/employment, access to healthcare and social support—the study shows most respondents, especially those with a lower income, experienced negative effects because of the pandemic. This isn't a surprise.

A June 2020 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 31 percent of U.S. adults reported feelings of anxiety and depression, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) stated those numbers were