The Little Mermaid actress, Halle Bailey, has been extremely transparent and open about her postpartum journey after son Halo was born. The songstress is now teaming up with app designer, Natural Cycles, for a new postpartum campaign, entitled, “Is Mommy Okay?”


The 24-year-old recently posted a reel on Instagram, letting other mothers out there know that they are not alone in their postpartum journey.

“as a new mommy, i’ve been so focused on this new journey of learning about the woman i am now and getting the proper support and help i need. that’s why i am so excited to share my personal postpartum experience as part of Is Mommy Okay?, an amazing maternal mental health campaign highlighting the need for better maternal support. As a society, we have to start taking better care of moms. Give moms some grace. To my fellow moms out there, you are not alone in your struggle,” the Grammy-nominated musician begins her post.

And if you do need support, @naturalcycles is a fantastic resource. They’re not only the creators of the world’s first birth control app, but they just launched a new postpartum experience so new moms can now access mental health check-ins, symptom trackers, resources from their partner organization @postpartumsupportinternational, and more. Whether you’re in that stage of life right now or not, you can use my code Halle15 at Naturalcycles.com for 15% off an annual subscription.”

Bailey concludes her post, “You have to be nurtured to be a nurturer, so don’t forget to ask yourself, “Is Mommy Okay?” #AD #NaturalCyclesPartner #ismommyokay.”

The “Is Mommy Okay?” campaign hopes to sheds light on the challenges faced by mothers in the postpartum period. Although romanticized, the postpartum stage can be difficult for a mother both physically and emotionally.

Two months ago, Bailey herself took to Snapchat, to further discuss her own personal journey, calling on society to prioritize not only physical maternal health, but maternal mental health as well.

According to Postpartumdepression.com, here are a few quick facts about postpartum depression.

  • Approximately 1 in 10 women will experience postpartum depression after giving birth, with some studies reporting 1 in 7 women.
  • Postpartum depression generally lasts 3 to 6 months. However, this varies based on several factors.
  • It is estimated that nearly 50% of mothers with postpartum depression are not diagnosed by a health professional.
  • 80% of women with postpartum depression will achieve a full recovery.
  • 13.4% of Black women suffer postpartum depression symptoms as opposed to 11.7% White and 11.5% Hispanic.

Hopefully Halle’s powerful message, in addition to the resources offered by Natural Cycles, will continue to shed more light on maternal mental health.


Photo: Halle Bailey Instagram; BCKOnline Instagram; Natural Cycles YouTube

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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