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For many new parents, the postpartum period can be unexpectedly clouded by overwhelming emotions. Postpartum depression can cast a shadow over what should be a radiant time of life—but fortunately, help is available.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is an intricate condition that can significantly affect your mood following childbirth. Unlike the transient, mild mood swings associated with the baby blues, postpartum depression entails deeper and enduring feelings of despair and inadequacy. 

Postpartum depression can manifest in various ways, affecting not only your emotional well-being but also your ability to function in daily life and nurture your newborn. The profound sense of sadness, anxiety or guilt experienced with postpartum depression can feel overwhelming and isolating. However, it’s essential to remember that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but rather a courageous step toward healing and reclaiming joy in parenthood.


How is Postpartum Depression Diagnosed? 

Postpartum depression diagnosis involves a thorough assessment by a healthcare professional, discussing symptoms, medical history, and prior mental health experiences, potentially using screening tools. Open communication with your provider is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

  • Changes in appetite 
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions 
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby or feeling disconnected 
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep, even when given the opportunity to rest 
  • Irritability, agitation, or anger 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed 
  • Overwhelming fatigue and lack of energy 
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness 
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby 
Postpartum Depression Treatment Options
New mom holding baby and talking to doctor
New parents holding baby
New mom holding Baby and talking to doctor

Our Approach to Postpartum Depression Treatment 

At Inspira, we understand that every journey through postpartum depression is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Our compassionate team of obstetricians, nurses, midwives and behavioral health professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive support tailored to your individual needs. We believe in a holistic approach to care that addresses not only the physical but also the emotional and psychological aspects of postpartum depression. 

During your postpartum visit, usually scheduled between two and six weeks after childbirth, our providers will prioritize open and honest discussions to ensure you feel heard, validated and supported. We’ll work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include therapy, medication, lifestyle modifications and ongoing support services. We’re committed to helping you reclaim your joy, confidence and sense of self as you embrace the transformative journey of parenthood.

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