How To Prevent Post-Partum Depression

After struggling through the depths of post-partum depression following the birth of my son 7 years ago, I was curious when I heard that there might actually be a way to prevent a repeat of that scenario. I was a little skeptical at first. Was it really possible to prevent post-partum depression (PPD)? Isn’t that just “one of those things” that some women go through following childbirth?

Prior to conceiving again, I was right smack in the middle of the certification process to become a childbirth educator…which meant I was doing lots and lots of reading! It seemed only natural to do further research in the prevention of PPD along with all my other studying. So what was this new-fangled way to prevent PPD? Well, it wasn’t really anything “new” at all, but rather an age-old concept that has been practiced for thousands of years, cross-culturally. It’s called placentaphagy.

“Placenta-what?!” It’s a big word but the concept of placentaphagy is quite simple: a female consumes her placenta following the birth of her child. Ok, don’t bail on me just yet! Hear me out on this one because it is such an important practice that most Americans know little about. I know the grossness factor may have about bowled you over at first, but stay with me.

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How to Support PPD Awareness and Research

Postpartum depression is a devastating mood disorder which strikes many women during and after pregnancy.  It is a serious and disabling condition that affects anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of new mothers.  In the United States, there may be as many as 800,000 new cases of postpartum conditions each year.  These mothers often experience signs of agitation or depression and may lose interest in friends and family, feel overwhelming sadness or even have thoughts of harming the baby or themselves. (Excerpt from Senator Menendez’ site)

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How to Identify and Cope with Postpartum Adjustment (Depression)

Our Expert Mommy, Shellie Fidell helps us figure out when postpartum sadness is more than the Baby Blues.

Mom Confessions: Postpartum Depression (part 3)

This VIDEO (2:39) is the third in a series of three 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.

“That’s the hardest thing to remember when you’re in the thick of feeling so awful: that this too shall pass! And on the good days, remembering that THIS too shall pass… that I must be grateful for this good day right now and not take it for granted and pour my love out for my children because this day, this GOOD day may not be here tomorrow.” ~ Heidi Howes

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

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Mom Confessions: Postpartum Depression (part 2)

This VIDEO (3:06) is the second in a series of three 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.

“In the weeks prior to going to the hospital, I was very emotional, very down. Crying a lot. I had stopped being able to take care of my newborn daughter. I was nursing her still but there was no eye contact and when that happens with a young baby, they start to become despondent.” ~ Heidi Howes

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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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How to Recognize Postpartum Depression

More than just the Baby Blues

postpartumdepressionWhen I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was relieved. In some way, I knew it was my saving grace. Just two months earlier my beloved father had been severely injured in a car accident while on vacation in New Zealand, and he was still lying in a coma on the other side of the world fighting for his life. While his fate was undecided, I knew that this tiny life growing inside me would give me the strength I needed to nurture myself and my son while sitting in the limbo of my father’s uncertain outcome.

At the time it didn’t occur to me how compromised I was emotionally, I was just trying to get through from one day to the next caring for a toddler, working, being a wife, daughter, and friend. When my little girl’s name crept into my dreams at night I woke in the morning ready to face another day that otherwise might have been unwanted.

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