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Introduction to Postpartum Depression

Having a baby is a life-changing event. It affects a woman’s home life, job, relationships, and even everyday activities like cooking or laundry. While many women handle this transition fairly well, not everyone has a positive experience with it. In fact, 10-20% of new moms become overwhelmed and depressed. They are experiencing something called postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is depression that occurs anytime in the first year after a child’s birth. It can affect anyone: men or women of any race, culture, or social class. Women with postpartum depression often feel embarrassed or ashamed and separate themselves from their friends and family who can help them through it.

Realize that depression is a normal response to stress, and having a baby is certainly stressful – physically, relationally, and emotionally. Some women become depressed because their bodies are changing and they don’t know how to react. Some women may not feel like they are going to be good mothers, unsure of how to take care of their child or how to relate to a baby. Others may not feel comfortable introducing a child into the family. Until now, it has just been them and their partner. A child might become “competition” for attention or simply bring more stress into the marital relationship.

Many people believe that postpartum depression is not serious and will simply go away on its own. However, it can have some harmful effects and needs to be addressed so that both mom and baby (as well as the rest of the family) can stay healthy.

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