Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Postpartum Depression

A more somber post today...Having a child is mostly fun and games. But it is also one of the hardest things you could ever do. I was asked to remind mommies out there that there are local area resources available to handle the emotionally trying times of being a mom. Our area has a lot of support, and you should never, ever shy from using it. Postpartum Depression is very real and can be very lonely. Don't be scared to ask for help.

First, talk with your doctor and/or pediatrician. Don't waste time, call them as soon as you feel you need to talk.

Second, Parenting.com ran an article not too long ago (picked up by CNN) where they interviewed people in our area. It helps to know you are not alone, and it also helps to know there are programs out there. UNC-Chapel Hill hospital has a ground breaking program to help postpartum moms. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/10/postpartum.depression/index.html

Third, there are support networks out there, as well, run by professionals who can help you navigate the emotional stress of the hormones, the sleep deprivation, and the stress of being a mother.

We'll now resume your regular light-hearted posts. But know that there are all sort of wonderful resources here in your town.


At June 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been hoping to find a support group for women fighting ppd (other than unc) but have had no luck. Any suggestions?

At June 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Blogger allison c said...

I think your best bet is to try Moms Supporting Moms. I know they have meetings but I am not sure when. I encourage you to call the number on the website (http://postpartumeducationandsupport.com/index.html) to get more information.

You may also want to consider starting right away with a personal therapist while you find a support group. I and some friends have all had successful counseling services at Chapel Hill Doctors Integrative Health: http://www.chapelhilldoctors.com/index.php.

If you do find a support group, please share as I am sure others want to know, too!


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