Overcoming Birth Trauma, & Preparing To Go Again

Weston GraphicsNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

Flashbacks. Difficulty sleeping. Panic attacks. These are just a few of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can occur when someone has survived a traumatic experience such as war, violence, or a natural disaster. These symptoms are in stark contrast to the feelings of love and accomplishment that we imagine most new mothers experience in the … Read More

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