Did you know, 50-75% of new moms who have postpartum depression are never diagnosed? Welcoming a new baby is a life-changing experience that comes with significant hormonal, physical and emotional changes. Stress, anxiety, sadness and fear are all normal emotions during the postpartum period. You’re likely familiar with words like postpartum depression, perinatal depression, maternal depression, and baby blues. But what do they all mean?
Today we have a profound and powerful conversation with Dr. Rachel Herbst, pediatric psychologist and therapist Kara Messmore about these types of depression and their impact on families and children. We learn how to identify symptoms of PPD and discuss psychosocial stressors that pre-dispose parents to depression. Kara and Rachel also provide tips on how families and friends can support new parents and ways for caregivers to take care of themselves, which is the most important thing a new parent can do for their own health and for their baby.