Did you know...
Postpartum depression is not visible to the naked eye – no one can “tell by looking” at a new parent whether she or he is experiencing Perinatal/Postpartum Distress. When we rely on “signs” and self-reporting, we miss at least 50% of suffering mothers – real conversations between parents, providers, and trained volunteers are essential Thus, real conversations are essential.
It can ANY woman regardless of age, race, or financial situation and has nothing to do with whether the pregnancy was planned!
At least 1 in 5 and as many as 1 in 3, new mothers will experience postpartum depression or anxiety, and 1 in 10 New Fathers/Partners, making PPD the top complication of childbirth, above gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and hypertension.
Families are greatly affected when one or both parents are suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Whether you are becoming parents for the first time, or adding another new baby to your family, there can be many challenges along the way.
When in doubt, we recommend seeking help.
You can learn more about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders here.
We have a variety of Support options, including connection to local medical providers as well as professional home helpers, or perinatal doulas. We also have local peer-to-peer support groups for parents to connect with others who "get it".