Symptoms of postpartum depression can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. If you recognize that help is needed, call your doctor or midwife for a referral to a trained therapist. Also, like this Facebook page for peer support and further guidance. Don't wait to get help!!
Below are 9 questions to help you determine if help is needed.
- Are you feeling sad or depressed?
- Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
- Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
- Do you feel anxious or panicky?
- Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
- Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
- Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
- Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
- Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Get Help Now
Postpartum Support International hosts free, live phone sessions every week, including Wednesday chats for parents who have given birth, and on the first Monday of each month, a chat is held to support partners. In Atlanta, you can join this Facebook group for peer support.
In collaboration with former clients and licensed therapists, The Happiest Doulas are proud to offer prenatal planning for postpartum care via North Star Support.
We help you to identify the important people in your village, and how they can help you once your baby is here.
We strongly believe in a proactive, preventative approach to help you build up your resources and help you develop a postpartum plan for wellness before your baby arrives. We help you develop a concrete plan for you to follow once your baby is here. Your plan will include realistic ways to make sure you are getting physical activity, that your nutritional needs are being met, that you have a plan to make sure you are getting some sleep and rest.
We also help you and your partner talk about your expectations for yourself and each other in your new roles as parents. In addition, we help you identify ways that you and your partner can continue to connect as a couple and find time to make sure your relationship is getting the attention it needs.
And, if despite your efforts, you do experience significant distress, we provide you with resources. You also have the benefit of already establishing a relationship with a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health. Often if you are suffering, the last thing you want to do is research and meet a new therapist.
To read more blog posts, review prenatal planning options, and stay current on events, visit www.northstar.support. If you find this post helpful, please share this post with your friends to help raise awareness of postpartum depression and anxiety.