Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Overcoming the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
Giving birth is a transformative experience. Your body changes, your hormones fluctuate, and you now have responsibility for a new little human being. It’s a lot to adjust to!
If motherhood doesn’t feel like you thought it would, you could be dealing with postpartum depression or anxiety.
Many women experience mood swings and mild depression after delivery. For some, these are temporary “baby blues” that go away in a few weeks. But for others, these feelings are more serious and persistent.
Postpartum depression and anxiety are both common complications of childbirth. New mothers may develop anxiety, despair, panic attacks, or feelings of withdrawal. These conditions can be painful and debilitating.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, no matter how mild, get help. Aurora BayCare Medical Center offers behavioral health services (counseling or medication management) that can be billed through your insurance. We also offer a free online postpartum depression self-evaluation.
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Symptoms
If you have postpartum depression or anxiety, it can interfere with your ability to bond with your new child. A weak bond can impact your baby’s health and development, so it’s important to seek care right away.
If you experience any of these conditions, during pregnancy or after your child’s birth, we can help:
- Parent-infant bonding issues
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive tendencies
- Severe mood swings
- Feelings of withdrawal, loss of interest
- Thoughts of harming yourself or baby
Take our free online postpartum depression self-evaluation.
Treating Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression and anxiety are treatable through supportive therapy and/or medication that’s safe for both mother and child.
- Behavioral Health Services
- Medication evaluation and management
Having a baby can trigger a whole jumble of emotions. Tell your doctor about your feelings. Postpartum depression is real and should be treated like any other medical condition.