C-section scars can be psychological too: ‘What did I do wrong?

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

Emily Keber-Goldrick remembers the moment she was told she needed a C-section. The Bucktown mom initially hoped for a water birth, with a plan detailed down to lavender oil. But while pregnant with her son Rowan in 2014, she developed pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Doctors monitored her closely, she said, and after 28 hours of labor and with her son’s … Read More

Postpartum Anxiety or Normal New Mom Fears?

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Anxiety is common among pregnant women and new moms, but often dismissed as part of parenthood. How to know when to get help. One expert describes motherhood as “the perfect storm” for mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety and depression. Allison McGill’s first six weeks with her new baby, Jack, were as smooth as they come. Jack was healthy and … Read More

May Named Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness Month

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Northbrook Star Thursday, May 15, 2014 The month of May, with its warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and Mother’s Day, of course, is a well-loved time of year by most people, May has also been proclaimed Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness month by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The designation is part of a plan by the Northbrook non-profit organization, Postpartum Depression Alliance … Read More

Northbrook Tower May 07, 2013

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Postpartum news

NB Whole Foods asks for dime donations to support Postpartum Depression Alliance by Alan P. Henry May 07, 2013 Every time you shop at Whole Foods Market in Northbrook between now and June 30 and use your own bag, you will potentially be helping support the statewide helpline and website of the Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois. Northbrook’s Whole Foods, … Read More

Woman accused of killing son had severe postpartum depression, lawyer says

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Lakeview mom released after posting bail in infant death case. A Lakeview mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 8-month-old son was suffering from postpartum psychosis at the time, her lawyer said Thursday. Janet Thies-Keogh, 30, is accused of suffocating her son, Colin, on Feb. 7 in the condo she shared with her husband in the 3900 … Read More

Law gives $3 million to educate, research post-partum depression

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Postpartum education

Dedicated mom spent nine years working to pass ‘Melanie’s law’ May 21, 2010 | By Lisa Pevtzow, Special to the Tribune Original Story Carol Blocker finally has a measure of peace. After nine years of working tirelessly to raise awareness of postpartum depression and psychosis, the bill known as “Melanie’s law” was quietly passed in Congress. The law is named … Read More

Few New Moms Seek Postpartum Help, Though Many Should

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Mom's seeking postpartum help

Severe ‘baby blues’ may be a red flag for a deeper problem Feb 12, 2010 By Alexa Aguilar Chicago Tribune Original Story It’s noon and I’m still in my pajamas, hoping that neither baby will wake up before I finish writing. The house is a mess, the to-do list stretches long. Leaving the house is impossible with the air so … Read More