1. Please take a look at my Postpartum Depression Video

    Feeling blue, overwhelmed, crying often, and not being sure whether being a mom is the right thing for you is very, very normal for a new mom (or dad). Sleepless nights, the joys and challenges of a new baby, and your own hormonal changes can make any completely normal woman feel like a “psycho”. Finding and connecting with other new parents can be a tremendous help. Oftentimes local hospitals or community centers have new moms (or new parents) support groups. If you attended childbirth preparation classes, your instructor may have some suggestions. These are generally free. In my experience talking to someone about how you feel is the most helpful thing you can do for yourself.

    If you feel so blue or depressed that you cannot get out of bed in the morning or really are unable to care for yourself or your child, it is more important than anything is you may ever do, to actually seek professional help. For starters, call your doctor or midwife and tell them honestly how you are feeling. If you truly are feeling frightened or overwhelmed it is important to not minimize these feelings to those who can help you. Many professionals offer “sliding” fees, which can offset the costs. There also are public resources at little or no cost.

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