While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, about one in five experience more significant symptoms. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, experiences can be varied, don’t always resemble depression, and can encompass the time during pregnancy until a year after birth. With informed care, you can prevent these symptoms from getting worse and can fully recover. You don’t have to feel this way!
It’s important to involve your healthcare provider. Here are also some trusted websites and support lines you can lean on during this process.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
24/7 free and confidential support when you need it the most.
Taking Care of Mama
Virtual support group for pregnant and new moms to connect during these challenging times. All are welcome at no cost. Join one meeting or join all. To receive registration link or for questions contact:
- Barbara Sheehy | 415-544 2395 | Barbara.Sheehy@DignityHealth.org
Zoom meetings facilitated by Maternal Mental Health NOW staff Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C, and Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C
Postpartum Support International
Will help you find treatment and resources including support groups. You can chat with an expert anytime or call 1-800-944-4773 for English & Spanish support.
Follow PSI on Facebook too to stay involved if social media is more your style.
Mental Health America
Find information on perinatal mood disorders, including how to find a professional in your area.
Get the facts
Postpartum Blues Fact Sheet from The American College of Obstetrics.
Helpful information from The Office of Women’s Health (US Department of Health & Services) including common symptoms and want to look out for.