You've just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone is so happy and joyful.
Everyone, that is, except you.
If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel:
These can be common signs of postpartum mood disorder and sometimes can be experienced by any new parent … a mom or a dad.
You're not alone. Talking about it helps.
At EvergreenHealth, we offer This is Not What I Expected, a support group where you can get together with other families and talk about how you are adjusting with a new baby.
You’ll learn ways to cope and get the help you need. Families who attend the group often share that it brings them a great sense of relief to connect with other parents who are experiencing similar feelings.
Parents can attend alone, with their babies, partners or other supportive friends or family members.
Women who are currently pregnant and have experienced anxiety or depression currently or in the past, are also encouraged and welcome to attend.
This group meets remotely on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 7-9 p.m. For remote access, contact the Healthline at 425.899.3000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is free.
The group is facilitated by Wendy Dean, early parenting and lactation educator, and Starr Niego, licensed independent clinical social worker.
Improving Birth www.improvingbirth.org
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After Childbirth www.ptsdafterchildbirth.org
Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Birth (PATTch) http://pattch.org/
Solace for Mothers www.solaceformothers.org