When Raivon Lee first brought her newborn son home, she cried easily, felt anxious and was very emotional. She knew something was wrong. “I couldn’t let anyone else take care of him,” Lee recalls. Fortunately she realized she had a problem and needed help. She was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD), the most common complication for women who have just had a baby.
Being a mother isn’t easy. An estimated 9 to 16 percent of postpartum women will experience postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can develop after any birth, not just the first child. For some moms they just don’t feel…right. It’s of no fault of their own. More serious than the “baby blues,” postpartum depression can happen to any new mom.
“The stigma that’s associated with postpartum depression keeps a lot of people sick,” Lee says. “I tried to tough it out, but I couldn’t do it anymore.”
Remember to keep an eye on new mothers who may need some support or someone to talk to. It may make all the difference to them. Let new moms know they aren’t alone.
Watch the video to see how Lee got herself the help she needed and was able to turn her life around.
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of depression and, more importantly, keep an eye on new mothers. With prompt professional help at an early stage, a mother’s mind and body can be given time to heal.
If you’re a father with postpartum concerns, visit here to learn about how you can help make a difference.