Communication

Postpartum Conversation Drivers

Postpartum depression has come a long way
 
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as Postpartum Depression, have existed since the dawn of time. It’s taken society a long (long) time to catch up, and start a public discourse about their very existence -- only complicated by the needless guilt and shame that pregnant and new mothers feel when the symptoms of PMADs strike, and the general stigma around mental health in our country.

Supporting a Partner With Postpartum Depression

“What am I supposed to tell her? How do we go back to the way it was before? How do I help her get help? What can I do to fix this? Will our child and our family be ok again?”

Today alone, over 11,000 children will be born in the United States, and more than half of these infants will be to first-time parents. For the fathers, co-parents, and partners, a new infant will invariably provide challenges and adjustments to their roles, but most won’t have to struggle with the above questions and see the mother of their infant fall into a significant depression or other mood and anxiety disorder. However, each day, for over 2,000 new families, the fathers and partners will struggle with the above questions—that’s because Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) are very common, impacting about 1 in 5 mothers.

5 Common Misconceptions About Postpartum Depression

1 in 5 new and expecting mothers experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) often referred to as postpartum depression (PPD) or “postpartum.” In fact, the term PMADs covers a variety of different disorders including Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Postpartum Generalized Anxiety Disorder. PMADs are one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth, yet one of the most misunderstood.
 

If you think you have postpartum depression, how do you tell someone?

Telling loved ones or a trusted physician about your depression and anxiety is the first step to getting the help you need. It can feel scary to share your feelings, but with help everyone feels better. 20% of new moms experience postpartum depression, and we have 5 tips to empower you to speak about your feeling and take the next steps towards getting better. 
 

Recognizing the Signs of Postpartum Depression

The birth of a child is an event in a woman’s life that often brings a sense of overwhelming joy. But this is not always the case...and even when excitement and anticipation are at their peak, they can come amid a slew of other not-so-great feelings, too. As it turns out, 1 in 5 women suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression or PPD. Here are 5 signs of Postpartum Depression.