Our mission is to be a shining light for women and families suffering from and affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders spanning, but not limited to, infertility, postpartum depression, and infant and child loss.
By educating the community with our story, we strive to raise awareness and develop programs needed for these women and families.
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What We Know
Postpartum depression is a treatable medical illness that affects about 15-20% of women after giving birth. It can develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery, but it's most common in the first three months postpartum. Postpartum depression can be hard to spot, because the moodiness and other symptoms are similar to the "baby blues" -- a short-lived state that affects up to 70% of new mothers. Only 15% of all women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, ever receive professional treatment.
Common signs of depression can include feelings of hopelessness, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability,
and lack of concentration. In the case of PPD, guilt may also play a major role.
Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.