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.
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.
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.
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.