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Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Support Group Helps Those With Postpartum Depression

Updated: 9/26/2006

Experts have estimated that as many as 80% of women suffer from some level of mood fluctuation after giving birth, which is commonly called the “baby blues.” But approximately 15-20% of women suffer a more serious condition called postpartum depression (PPD).

Postpartum depression, which manifests itself within the first year after the woman delivers, refers to a wide range of emotional changes that can interfere with daily life. The new mother may experience irritability, crying, sleep problems, excessive worry, lack of joy, or failure to bond with her baby.

While the symptoms are serious, this form of depression is very treatable. Women should consult their OB/GYN to rule out other causes of depression such as thyroid disease and ask for a referral to a specialist in women’s mood disorders if needed.

According to childbirth educator Nancy Owen, R.N., support is a key component of recovering from PPD. “There are a lot of emotional changes that a woman may experience after giving birth. Postpartum depression support groups offer moms an opportunity to network with other moms experiencing varying degrees of anxiety or depression. Information and education concerning postpartum depression are shared within the group setting and are an important part of treatment and may be all a mom needs to get well.”

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital postpartum depression support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7-8 p.m. in the Cancer Care Conference Room in Millard Fillmore Hospital, 1542 Maple Road. If you’re a new mother, regardless of where you delivered your child, who feels depressed or anxious and would like emotional support, education, reassurance and professional referral listings, please join us! There is no cost and you’re free to come as often as you like. Babies up to one year of age are welcome.

For more information, please call Nancy Owen at 568-3628.

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Barbara Browning
Phone: (716) 568-3520