Postpartum Depression—One Mom’s Experience

Becoming a new parent is often portrayed as one of the most fulfilling and wonderful times of our lives—and yet, up to 1 in 7 women experience Postpartum Depression. This statistic doesn’t include the women who suffer with PPD after a miscarriage or stillbirth, either! Over 600,000+ American women are diagnosed every year. 

In this episode of The Families of Character Show, Niki Langley and I talk about the reality of what the body and mind go through during pregnancy and childbirth, the difference between baby blues and depression and what to do if YOU or your wife or partner are experiencing symptoms.

We want to get the message out there that all parents, regardless of whether this is your first baby or your 8th, deserve the support and postpartum care available. 

To search for a licensed counselor, you can go to psychologytoday.com or call the phone # on the back of your insurance card and ask for referrals for a counselor who specializes in Postpartum Depression.  Don't hesitate to call your primary care doctor or OB/GYN, especially since they know you and can intervene quickly.

Crisis phone lines are available: simply call or text 988 or use the chat box at 988lifeline.org.  If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your child, tell someone immediately and call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room to seek treatment.

For more resources on Postpartum Depression, visit postpartum.net.

   

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