Postpartum Depression Becoming a mother is not only a major event for your body, but also for your mind and heart. Some mothers are caught off guard when they’re not flooded with excitement and joy after coming home from the hospital with their new baby. Postpartum depression is a condition that can cause women to experience sadness, anxiety or guilt following childbirth. Do not feel alone or afraid to discuss your feelings during the postpartum period with your Inspira obstetrician or certified nurse midwife. Our team believes in supporting the emotional needs of every woman that walks through our door. We offer a 2-week Post-Partum Visit and a 6 week Post Partum visit for every family because we understand that these life transitions can be intense. Experiencing the ‘baby blues’ As many as three of every four women will experience mood swings, crying, anxiety or restlessness during the first few weeks after birth. These feelings are normal, and they’re called the “baby blues.” It’s important to know that these feelings can escalate when you’re tired or anxious. However, if you’re still experiencing these feelings after two weeks and begin to feel like you can’t take care of your baby, it may be a sign of postpartum depression. Call your Gentle Beginnings midwife to discuss how you’re feeling. When to reach out About one in every five women will develop depression during the first few months postpartum. This depression may be mild to severe in symptoms, including: Feeling guilty Trouble bonding with your baby Difficulty sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping Oversleeping and feeling too tired to get out of bed Trouble concentrating or making decisions Loss of appetite Feelings of failure as a mother Thinking your baby might be better off without you If you are a new mother who is having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, call your healthcare provider immediately. We’re here to offer support At Inspira, our care includes emotional, physical and spiritual support for moms. This means we’ll help you understand emotional changes after birth and work with you to make sure you’re getting the right treatment, eating well and getting the proper rest and exercise you need. We can work with you to develop a nutrition plan that ensures you are receiving the proper foods and fluids for your health and your breastfeeding. Own your birth experience. Call 1-800-INSPIRA or request an appointment with an OB/GYN or midwife to get started. Request appointment online Why Choose Inspira? Acclaimed Maternity Centers Inspira Medical Center Elmer is the first hospital in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley to earn the prestigious international Baby-Friendly® designation. It’s also the only maternity center in the region to offer water birth in a hospital setting. Inspira Medical Center Elmer’s maternity services received a national Women’s Choice Award, as well as the highest scores possible for maternity quality standards measured by Leap Frog. Inspira Medical Center Vineland is home to the region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Family-Centered Labor and Delivery At Inspira, we believe childbirth should be celebrated in a home-like environment designed to foster a sense of peace and safety. Inspira offers private rooms in which families can stay from admission to discharge. They’re designed to feel more like home than a hospital, but still have all the safety and security access features for moms and babies. The family waiting area offers convenience and comfort for our patients and their families. Nemours Pediatric Partnership at Inspira Inspira has partnered with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to provide neonatal, pediatric and emergency care for children. Teaming up with Nemours allows Inspira to offer an advanced level of pediatric specialty care to families. Access to Nemours Pediatric Care at Inspira is currently available 24/7 at Inspira’s medical centers in Vineland and Woodbury and will be available at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill opening Fall 2019.