Mom Confessions: Postpartum Depression (part 1)

This VIDEO (3:06) is the first in a series of three that we will be publishing over three weeks in which Heidi shares how it feels to have postpartum depression. One of the challenges of PPD is that it goes unrecognized by many women who suffer from it, making it challenging for them to reach out and find support.

It is very rare that a new mom says, “I think I have postpartum depression.” More often and very often, women feel what Heidi describes in her videos.

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“I felt ostracized from other moms. I felt different. Like no one was having as hard of a time as I was. I just felt really different, like I was a bad mom or maybe I had made a mistake becoming a mom. This was after the birth of my son. When he was born, I felt nothing. I felt no love for him in my heart. I knew in my head that I loved him but in my heart, I felt nothing. Just emptiness. And that emptiness lasted for a long time.” ~ Heidi Howes

Can you relate? Please leave a comment, audio or written and share how you felt after your babies were born.

My name is Heidi Howes and I have postpartum depression. I usually say “severe” postpartum depression because that’s how it feels to me, very severe.

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Comments

  1. Heidi,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Its very brave of you. I too, have suffered postpartum depression and it was also pretty severe. I also felt very alone and my friends did not understand. It was a very tough time in my life. Thank goodness for my husband and my family and doctors and medication. You are not alone. Thank you again for opening up the forum for this tough subject. Kim

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  2. Heidi, I am so moved by your sharing. I posted this as one of my top picks for the week on Mommy-Muse.com Favorites – posts from sister sites with essential information on postpartum depression http://www.mommy-muse.com/blog/2009/06/mommy-muse-com-favorites-this-weeks-ppd-blog-posts/ Looking forward to seeing the next two installments. Warmly, Christy

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