Postpartum Depression

postpartum depressionBecoming a parent is a longed for and cherished event. For infertility patients it is an elusive dream that finally has come true. When imagining yourself as a new mother, you may have envisioned feeling tremendous happiness, excitement and an immediate bond with your baby. However, this is not always the case and the transition to parenthood may be difficult. It is common for new mothers to go through the baby blues shortly after giving birth and experience sadness, anxiety, irritability and sleep problems. These feelings usually subside within a week or two. However, in approximately 10-20% of new mothers these feelings do not remit and may interfere with daily life.

Please contact me if you consistently are experiencing:

  • Problems bonding with your child
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Guilt and shame
  • Poor concentration

Hormone fluctuations, sleep deprivation, a history of depression, relationship problems and a demanding baby all may contribute to postpartum depression. Fortunately, postpartum depression responds well to treatment and early intervention is most helpful. By providing support, education, counseling and collaboration with other professionals, I will work with you to reduce debilitating symptoms so that you can wholeheartedly embrace and enjoy parenting.