As a Public Health Nurse supporting new parents after the birth of their baby, I'm worried when I hear phrases like "I think someone is trying to take my baby; I just can't settle down; I haven't slept in 48 hours; my mother shakes my baby when she's holding her; I'm a bad mother and… Continue reading Postpartum psychosis – A treatable illness
Ever wonder if babies and older children know their parent is feeling depressed or anxious? Having a postpartum mood disorder affects not only one parent, but the whole family. Children are able to notice when a parent is acting differently by picking up on changes in routine and everyday behavior. These changes could be: looking… Continue reading Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?
Every year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week in Canada. This week is meant to help the public learn, share, and promote the important issue of mental health. May 2 is World Maternal Mental Health Day On this day, organizations from around the world are making efforts to recognize and promote… Continue reading Recognize and support maternal mental health
"I'm just going to check on the baby one more time, I want to make sure he's still breathing." "Wait! Let me hold her, you may drop her if you don’t hold her tight enough." "What if the bathwater is too hot and I burn my baby?" Have you had thoughts like this about… Continue reading Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?
It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here's the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues - Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
Most parents imagine a strong, healthy bonding and attachment phase with their babies after birth. They are aware that babies need love and attention, as much as they need food, in order to thrive. An infant forms a secure attachment with their caregiver when the caregiver consistently responds to the needs of their infant. I… Continue reading Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know
Paternal postpartum depression is a very real condition that can happen any time after the birth or adoption of a baby. Many people don't realize that one in ten dads develop depression. It may start during your partner's pregnancy, go away after the baby's birth, and come back 3-6 months later. In fact research shows… Continue reading Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?
As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother. Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I'd like to share… "I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day
As a Public Health Nurse, I have met many people who have ideas on how they would like the birth of their baby to play out…anything from a natural drug-free birth, a vaginal birth, to a planned c-section. Yes, it's okay to have a birth plan, however, all too often these hopes and ideas don’t go… Continue reading How a difficult birth can affect your mood
Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby's birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected. The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better. Now 3 months later you are constantly worried: "Am I doing this right? Is she getting enough milk? Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?