How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Most moms experience the baby blues right after they give birth, but postpartum depression, a more severe disorder, likely affects at least one new mom you know. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of all new mothers are affected by PPD and anxiety, and suffer from feelings of inadequacy, tearfulness, guilt and fatigue—all of which can take a toll. “Depression lies to us, and … Read More

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?

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Depression Blog

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

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

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