Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

 In Family, Newborn Care, Postpartum Support

Motherhood has the ability to make a woman feel complete. They always say, “A child fills a void in your heart that you didn’t even know was there”.

Society places pretty high expectations on new moms when it comes to their ability to navigate the challenges of early parenthood.

Because of this high expectation, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to adapt to the new changes that having a baby brings.

In honor of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, Taylor Made Doulas is working to raise awareness about postpartum mood disorders and what we can do to support those we love who may be struggling.

Understanding and defining these mood disorders is the first step.

The ‘Baby Blues’ are an extremely normal part of early parenthood. There is a huge hormonal and often emotional ‘shift’ taking place that can lead to a very short-lived spout of the ‘blues’.

But Postpartum Mood Disorders can become much more serious than this and unfortunately many who struggle with postpartum depression simply don’t seek the help they need for fear of shame and judgement. So much goes undiagnosed that it is difficult to speculate accurate percentages of women affected.

Postpartum Depression is treatable with professional care and a medical diagnosis. However, if left untreated postpartum depression can lead to serious, lifelong mental illness.

Warning signs that indicate that someone might be struggling with Postpartum Depression?

Someone struggling with postpartum depression may be experiencing the following:

– The inability to bond with their baby
– Feelings of guilt
– Feelings of failure as a parent
– Confusion
– Fear
– Extreme sadness
– Disconnected from friends and family
– An overwhelming sense of emptiness

These feelings associated with postpartum mood disorders cause new moms to harbor a lot of guilt and question their abilities and decisions.

Postpartum mood disorders are real.

Other postpartum mood disorders include, postpartum psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and more.

Becoming a new mother should be as amazing as you imagined it would be. Unfortunately, most women don’t discuss the negative feelings associated with it, leaving others with high expectations that are often un-met.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with a postpartum mood disorder, Taylor Made Doulas recommends you contact a healthcare professional immediately to get a proper diagnosis and the appropriate treatment you deserve.

Do not suffer in silence anymore. There is help for you and your loved ones and you don’t have to do this alone!

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