As many as 80% of women experience some form of mood changes postpartum. Women can be affected by postpartum depression during pregnancy, after delivery, or even months later. It can also follow a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy. “Baby blues,” occurring within the first week after pregnancy, can be normal but if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks you should talk to your midwife about whether your symptoms may be more significant. Postpartum depression is treatable.

If at any time you feel like you may hurt yourself, your infant, or your family call for help immediately by either calling 911 or calling to speak to the midwife on-call.  

Warning signs of post partum depression include:

  • Sadness/Crying Often
  • Having a sense of Loss/emptiness
  • Feeling Listless or hyperactive
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Feeling like a bad mother
  • Wanting to run away
  • Feeling Impatient or Irritable
  • Appetite or sleep disturbances
  • Resentfulness
  • Having bizarre and troubling thoughts
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Confusion, having trouble concentrating
  • Fear of harming yourself or your baby
  • Feeling like your baby or your family would be better off without you

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Here are some additional sources:

Dr. jen 4 kids- PPD: http://drjen4kids.com/infantstuff/ppd.htm

Hrsa (health resources and services administration): a resource for women, their families, and friends: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/pregnancyandbeyond/depression/index.html

Postpartum Support International (PSI)- http://www.postpartum.net

The Seventh Mom Project- http://www.theseventhmomproject.org/