Resources for Postpartum moms
Congratulations Mama! You did it. You carried your baby for 10 months and now he or she is here. There are plenty of other websites that can give you information on how to feed your baby, how much sleep they need, and when to go to the doctor when there is a fever or a sniffle. A few of our favorites include Babycenter.com, Askbaby.com, and Parents.com. It is a good idea to bookmark your favorites just in case you can't ask another mom. Even if this is your first or fifth baby it's helpful to have this info handy because we tend to forget and things alway change.
While we know that having this information is essential, it is just as important during this time to know how to take care of yourself. Trust us, by taking care of your own health and wellness needs you are taking care of your baby.
A lot of moms have a change in their mental health after having a baby and we want you to know that YOU are NOT alone and with help you will feel better in time. The continuum of perinatal mood disorders during pregnancy and after delivery ranges from "baby blues" to postpartum mood disorders and postpartum anxiety. The symptoms of both baby blues and postpartum depression include irritability, anxiety, crying, sadness and mood swings; although baby blues is more prevalent and the symptoms occur within the first few weeks after delivery, are less severe and most often do not require treatment other than self-care. PMAD's can occur up to a year after delivery and the duration and intensity of the symptoms are more severe. PMAD's most often requires treatment by a licensed professional or physician and getting proper treatment is essential for you and your babies well-being.
Postpartum Support International has a FREE warm line that will also help in making appropriate referrals but is not for crisis situations.
1-800-944-4773 (4PPD) www.postpartum.net
Seleni Institute for Women's Mental Health www.seleni.org
In crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline FREE 24/7: