According to the Mayo Clinic, 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. Many new moms experience the baby blues after childbirth. An estimated 10 percent of new moms, however, experience a more severe form of emotional distress known as postpartum depression. Joining us today for Martha Jefferson Healthwise is Pat Cheeks, Women’s Midlife Services Coordinator to share some insights on working through this challenging condition. Some of the quesions the video goes over are below:
What is postpartum depression and why does it occur?
What are some signs that a woman may be suffering from postpartum depression?
How can spouses, family members and friends help a woman suffering from postpartum depression?