‘This truly saved my life’ — expectant mother seeks help, averts depression

Providence Journal, October 22, 20167
By G. Wayne Miller, Journal Staff Writer

Kristin Ritchotte with her daughter, Lorelei "Rory" Ritchotte after Rory woke up on a recent morning [The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach)

Kristin Ritchotte with her daughter, Lorelei "Rory" Ritchotte after Rory woke up on a recent morning [The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach)

Facing a high risk of depression during and after pregnancy, a Coventry woman decides to find help. The result: a healthy mother and baby.

COVENTRY, R.I. — When Kristen Ritchotte ended her overseas relationship with the father of her unborn child, she returned to her native U.S. With no money and no job, she moved in with her parents. Except for doctor’s appointments, she essentially stayed in bed for a month, crying constantly.

The young woman had experienced depression before, though never this severe. If not for her baby, she might have resorted to alcohol, an old coping mechanism.