More than half of women experience symptoms of mild depression after childbirth. Some of these – insomnia, irritability – are perfectly normal (and temporary). However, when the negative feelings don’t shortly give way to the excitement of new parenthood, this could be a sign of postpartum depression. Using her own experiences with depression after the birth of her daughter, CareNotes author Therese J. Borchard helps readers identify the symptoms and directs them toward sources of support and help. She reminds moms that depression is treatable, and that, with time and healing, they’ll be prepared to enjoy fully all the joys of motherhood.
By Therese J. Borchard