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 Gentle Beginnings 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 Gentle Beginnings, 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. Call one of the below locations with any questions about the services offered at Gentle Beginnings: Locations: Elmer Office: 389 Harding Highway, Suite 1 Elmer, NJ 08318 Get Directions (856) 358-1100 Haddon Heights Office 708 Station Avenue Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Get Directions (856) 265-0200 Follow us on social media!