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At Loyola, we understand how demanding the months after a pregnancy can be. That is why we offer a broad range of excellent medical and support services from parenting classes to lactation assistance to help for postpartum depression. You will find these services in a number of our locations, bringing compassion and support close to home.
One of the most significant complications of childbirth is postpartum depression, yet it often goes untreated. Depression can occur throughout pregnancy and after childbirth for up to one year.
About 16 percent of women in the U.S. suffer postpartum depression after the birth of a child. Detecting childbirth-related depression in the early stages can help women seek the care they need to protect themselves and their infants.
What is Postpartum Blues?
- Feeling sad and weepy, or anxious and moody
- Being angry at the baby, your partner or at your other children for no reason
- Crying unexpectedly
- Having trouble eating, sleeping and making decisions
- Questioning your ability to care for the baby
Postpartum blues is a common experience that will often go away within a few weeks. If you think you are experiencing more than the blues, you may have postpartum depression.
What is Postpartum Depression?
- Blues that doesn't go away after a few weeks and keeps getting worse
- Strong feelings of depression and anger that begin to surface one to two months after delivery
- Feelings of sadness, doubt, guilt, helplessness or hopelessness that seem to increase each week
- Emotions that disrupt your normal activities or interfere with the handling of your normal responsibilities
- Inability to sleep when you're tired, or the desire to sleep all the time
- Crying constantly
- Significant changes in your appetite
- Loss of interest in things that usually bring you pleasure
- Extreme concern or worry about the baby or lack of interest in or feelings for the baby
- Feeling that you are unable to love your infant or your family
- Panic attacks or a feeling of anxiety and a fear of being left alone with the baby
- Fear of harming the baby
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you have any of these signs of postpartum depression, it is very important that you get help. Call to make an appointment right away at (888) LUHS-888/(888) 584-7888.
The Obstetrics & Gynecology/Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine team is committed to helping women who experience perinatal or postpartum depression. We are screening women during pregnancy and after delivery to identify women in need. Mental health services, such as medication management and individual therapy by licensed social workers and counselors, are provided by the team. In addition, peer support groups and couples counseling are also available.
If you think you might need help, seek help.
Support is also available 24 hours a day at (866) 364-MOMS/(866) 364-6667.