Three out of every four women will experience what is described as the “baby blues” within the first two weeks of giving birth. One out of ten women will continue to develop symptoms of Post Partum Depression. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, anxiety, anger, deep sadness, tearfulness, low self esteem, or a lack of energy you may be experiencing the symptoms of Post Partum Depression.
At a time described by many as “the most wonderful moments of your life” women often are ashamed and/or embarrassed that they aren’t feeling happy and appreciative or connected and hesitate to seek help. It is extremely important to treat PPD, because if it goes untreated, the symptoms may become chronic. Twenty five percent of mothers untreated for PPD remain depressed after one year. If the new mother remains untreated, there is an increased risk of her child(ren) developing psychiatric disturbances, an increased risk for the woman to develop chronic depression or relapse, and there is a negative impact on marriage and on all family relationships.
The Aberdeen Group has partnered with area hospitals to offer The Open Arms Program which was developed to meet the needs of expectant and new mothers who may be experiencing symptoms associated with Post-Partum Depression. The Open Arm’s Program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women and their families struggling with post partum depression with the goal of intervening before symptoms become overwhelming or interfere with their lives. If you or someone you love is experiencing depression as a result of pregnancy or following birth please take the first step and call us today.