We don't want you to take your baby home without knowing what support is available. The Spectrum Health Postpartum Emotional Support Program is just one of the ways we help. As a new mom, you'll be screened for postpartum depression risks before you go home. Postpartum depression is real. Its symptoms can be missed, chalked up to the major changes and sleep loss that come with new parenthood.
If you're at risk, we can help you before this illness takes hold. We can help with all levels of PPD. Learn more about some of the treatment options that can help you restore your joy.
What if I still don’t feel better?
Sometimes self-help measures are not enough. If you suspect you may have postpartum depression, it is important to accept that it is real and take the steps necessary for recovery. If symptoms last more than two weeks, do not wait to seek help. Call your health care provider to make an appointment to discuss how you feel. The combination of good self-care, support, therapy and medication is the most effective treatment for PPD.
- You are not alone.
- You are not to blame.
- You will recover with proper help.
What Others Can Do to Help:
- Take her concerns seriously and listen.
- Encourage her to rest as much as possible.
- Help with household chores like cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry and taking care of the children.
- Encourage her to get out of the house.
- Support her by attending appointments with her.
- Tell her she is loved.
- Help her set limits.
- Remind her that she will not always feel this way.
Features of PPD Treatments
Postpartum Depression Self-Assessment Screening
Every mother is given a self-assessment screening before she leaves the hospital. Don't be afraid to ask questions or raise honest concerns. We're best able to help you with this medical condition when we know how you're feeling.
The support group welcomes you as well as support persons and infants. Ask questions, learn about signs and symptoms and get connected to resources and therapists specializing in postpartum depression. All the information you need is a phone call away at 616.391.1771. We will get back to you quickly with help.
What you can do to help yourself feel better:
Talk to someone you trust—a friend, a health family member, a care provider or someone from a faith community.
1) Ask for help and accept help when it is offered.
2) Give yourself permission to rest even if you can’t fall asleep.
3) Stay active to keep up your energy. Fresh air and daily activity are good for you and your baby. Go out for a walk, even if you don’t feel like it.
4) Eat healthy foods, even if you are not hungry. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and high-sugar foods. A daily multivitamin or your prenatal vitamin, vitamin B complex, vitamin D-3 and omega-3 fish oil supplements are recommended.
5) Join a support group of new mothers.
6) Find time for yourself. Take a bath, call a friend, or go shopping or out for lunch.
7) Give yourself permission to let go of guilt and blame.
8) Write your feelings down. Journaling can be therapeutic.
Sometimes therapy and other support isn't enough. Your doctor works with you to determine the best medicine.