Up to 1 in 7 mothers will experience Postpartum Depression
Becoming a parent, whether it be a first child or new sibling, is a time of rapid adaptation and change. During this time it's essential that a new mother (and family) take the time to heal from the birth experience, bond and learn to parent their new family member. This can be an overwhelming experience, with a big learning curve.
Up to 1 in 7 women will experience Postpartum Depression. Studies have shown that new mothers with low social support systems are five times more likely to develop this illness. As the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child", however, our modern village has changed dramatically, both geographically and in terms of availability. Family and friends don't always know how to help, and are often less able to provide the continuous care, coaching and support that a new mother or primary caregiver requires. Throw in the long shifts, workweeks and rotating hours of a police family and a new mother can feel quite alone on her journey.
We want to provide you with some resources to help guide you through this period in your lives, in the hopes that we can give some insight into how to support a mother who is experiencing Postpartum Depression. Please note that the first step to assisting a new mother with postpartum depression is always consulting with your physician to begin a treatment plan.
Self-Assessment Tool for Mothers
What To Do To Help
Say This, Not That
Recommended Reading & Resources
Please reach out to us if you want to prepare for the postpartum period, or are finding yourself or your spouse struggling during this time. We are happy to provide guidance on resources, programs or assistance for you and your family.