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  • Writer's pictureElysia Douglas

Do You Know the Signs?

It is Maternal Mental Health Week.

Did you know that 1 in 5 women struggle with postpartum depression, anxiety, or other postpartum mood disorders? Many times, they suffer in silence because of unrealistic expectations that no one would be able to live up to.

New mothers, please understand that just as there are many variations of normal when it comes to birth, there are many variations of normal when it comes to babies, their behavior, and how to respond to it. Busy days and sleepless nights all while trying to recover from giving birth takes a toll on the body and the mind. It takes time to recover and we all need help.

Sometimes we don't even know how much help we need. New parents may be given instructions on what to look out for when it comes to baby blues and postpartum depression before they are discharged from the hospital. It comes with all the other discharge instructions for taking care of the baby, taking care of their perineum, sutures, or C-section scar as well. They also come with the disclaimer that baby blues are normal and that it will pass.

What if it doesn't?

Do you know the signs of postpartum depression?

We know that baby blues may present with some of these same symptoms. You can know that it is more serious if the symptoms do not diminish or get better within 2-3 weeks. If you are a new mom and you just feel off, or don't feel like yourself, please reach out to someone.

If there is a new mom in your life or circle of friends, check on her. If you notice something out of the ordinary, don't hesitate to talk it over with her and see if other resources are needed.

Care providers and doulas are great starting points for obtaining additional resources. Phone help lines, community support groups, or online forums may provide the extra support you need to get over the hump and back on the road to recovery. Sometimes, however, you may need a little more help. Don't be afraid to seek medical attention. Your care provider can make a referral to a therapist who specializes in postpartum depression and may be able to prescribe medication that can help.

Know the signs. Don't be afraid to ask for help for yourself or for someone else.

North Atlanta Concierge Doula Services offers both birth and postpartum doula services to support you when you need it most. Contact us to find the best birth and/or postpartum package to assist you on this journey.

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