Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression

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 Why I didn’t get help when I fell into depression during pregnancy

Why was I crying? I would wonder. Wasn’t this supposed to be a happy time?


PPD is the most common medical complication of childbirth. Feelings of guilt, shame, or fear may prevent women from having an honest conversation with their doctor – but it’s important to remember that PPD is a medical condition and there’s no reason to be ashamed.

The Blue Dot Project

Maternal mental health disorders like postpartum depression are the #1 complication of childbirth.

The Postpartum Stress Center

The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.

Tree of Hope Foundation

Postpartum Research and Education Foundation...The Tree of Hope Foundation was founded after a tragedy involving a mother and infant in St. Clair Shores, MI in the summer of 2004. Family members created the Foundation in 2005.

Association for Post Natal Illness

Charity Supporting anyone suffering from Post Natal Illness

Let Mommy Sleep

Let Mommy Sleep has been providing nurturing, overnight care to newborns and evidence based education to their parents since 2010. Our Registered Nurses (RN) and Newborn Care Providers (NCP) support families with their single babies, twins and triplets and our role is to help parents feel confident and healthy in the family home using evidence based practice.

Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois

Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois Welcome to the official website of the Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance. Here you can learn more about PPD, find help for PPD in the form of a support group, hospital or therapist.

Postpartum Progress is the world’s most widely-read blog dedicated to maternal mental illness. It offers warm, positive, in-depth information, support and hope for all pregnant and new moms who experience postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth,

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth.


PostpartumMen is a place for men with concerns about depression, anxiety or other problems with mood after the birth of a child. It promotes self-help, provides important information for fathers – including a self-assessment for postpartum depression – hosts an online forum for dads to talk to each other, offers resources, gathers new information about men’s experiences postpartum, and – most importantly – helps fathers to beat the baby blues.

Although the onset of symptoms can occur at anytime within the first three months after giving birth, women who have postpartum psychosis usually develop symptoms within the first two to three weeks after delivery.


Authoritative information abut the etiology, symptoms and treatment of post-partum depression.


You've just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone's ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel so low?

About twelve to fifteen percent of women develop postpartum depression. This involves more significant symptoms of depression which women begin to experience within a few days of giving birth, and may continue to experience for weeks or months following delivery.


You've just had a baby, one of the most important and happiest events in your life. "What could make a woman happier than a new baby?" you wonder. So why are you so sad?

The baby blues are considered a normal part of early motherhood and usually go away within 10 days after delivery. However, some women have more severe symptoms or symptoms that last longer than a few days. This is called postpartum depression.


Postpartum depression is a form of clinical depression that a mother can experience within the first few weeks, months or even up to a year after having a baby. Ten to 16% of women with postpartum depression begin experiencing symptoms during pregnancy.


Many women experience major mood shifts after childbirth, ranging from brief, mild baby blues to longer-lasting, deeper clinical depression, which is known as postpartum depression.

March of Dimes

About 1 out of every 8 women has postpartum depression after delivery. It is the most common complication among women who have just had a baby. Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition. It is not something a woman can control.


The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect depression.


Depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year after delivery is called perinatal depression. The exact number of women with depression during this time is unknown. But researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy.


Postpartum depression is a more serious condition that affects between 8 - 20% of women after pregnancy, especially the first 4 weeks. It is necessary to seek medical attention to treat postpartum depression.


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