What is Postpartum Depression?
Again, talk about it. Let everyone know about it.
Celebrities opened the floor for the discussion this year. It seems to be something that is shedding its stigma and is being let out into the light of day. Keep talking. The Huffington Post just posted an article about the rise in discussion of PPD and other PP mood disorders.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms (listed on PSI), talk to them and encourage professional support.
Talk to your healthcare provider during the prenatal period about resources in your community, and potential for screening if you are at risk. By opening the discussion, you will have taken one step to a safer mental health outcome. Just remember, having a postpartum mood disorder does not mean you are a bad mother.
What can I do?
What can your doula do to help?
As a doula, I believe in full spectrum postpartum care. Often the signs of PPD only occur after a client-doula relationship has ended. This means that even if our postpartum care relationship has ended - feel free to reach out to me so that I can provide you with the appropriate tools and resources. I believe in prevention by making sure the mother and partner are supported and that they are aware of the signs of PPD.
I am a strong advocate of informed decision making. I think this should include knowing about mental health issues and addressing them. We can discuss such things as support groups, special counselling, postpartum doula support and follow-up, creating tangible networks, placenta encapsulation, and more.
You are not alone.
Resources for Postpartum Mood Disorders