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Postpartum Depression

Welcome to StorkNet's Postpartum Depression Cubby
Your baby is finally here, but something is very wrong. Instead of feeling joy and happiness, you'd rather curl up in a corner and cry. Getting to sleep is difficult, and it's not because of the baby: your emotions fluctuate between feelings of despair, worthlessness, anger and guilt. And on some days you have trouble remembering where even the most basic things are located, and even have difficulty concentrating on your favorite TV sitcom. Is this what motherhood is supposed to be like?

For some women, the "baby blues" evolve into postpartum depression, a condition that affects between 10 to 15 percent of all new mothers; and some estimates run even higher. Symptoms range from moderate to debilitating, and they can begin within a few days after giving birth, or not be experienced until several months have passed.

If you're struggling with these feelings, or if someone you love is, we hope you'll find help within StorkNet's Postpartum Depression Cubby. But PLEASE, do not hesitate to contact your careprovider at any time your feelings overwhelm you. There is help for you!

What's New
    •  Postpartum Depression: Three Simple Questions to Ask Yourself
Most women with real postpartum depression are never diagnosed. Even though postpartum depression is very common, and even though identifying it can help both the baby and the mother, most cases slip through the cracks. A simple new 3-question test has proven very reliable at detecting postpartum depression.
    •  The Many Faces of Postpartum Depression
Tara Kompare, Pharm.D. shares her experience of postpartum depression including the symptoms what helped her cope.
    •  Discussing PPD Fears With Husband During Subsequent Pregnancy
Depression after childbirth can be very hard on a marriage. The best thing you can do is open a dialogue about this and be very specific about your concerns. Karen Kleiman, MSW, explains how.
    •  Self-Help for PPD
A mom living in a foreign country is wondering what she can do herself to battle PPD. Karen Kleiman gives her valuable suggestions.

And Don't Forget
    • Share Your Story
Have you experienced postpartum depression and want to share your story with us? We'd love to hear from you. [Click here]

Wishing You Peace

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