Kris Weatherman – Postpartum Depression

You know, I think that there’s always
been this sort of distinction between post-partum blues and postpartum
depression and so with postpartum blues, that’s
typically gonna happen pretty soon after the baby’s born and usually, I think it’s usually sort of kind of pinned on changing hormonal levels and also probably lack of sleep and
the fact that you’ve gone through a huge life-changing birth experience, so there’s a range of normal there and it’s probably going to last not too much longer than the
first couple of weeks, but postpartum depression definitely more serious and what you may, some women actually have underlying depression
prenatally and that’s another good reason to see your physician to to start thinking about that and then
that becomes worse when they have the baby, probably again for reasons that
aren’t that well understood but it can become worse so you know I think that women
need to recognize, or their partners need to
recognize if they’re not sleeping, if
they’re sad all the time, if they start having some sort of difficult thoughts
about their own baby, they’re not able to look after themselves, they’re not able to rest, they might
be hyper focused on their baby, there’s a lot of different the sort of
ways that it can express itself. There is a tool that most physicians use and in public health we’re just
starting to use as well it’s called the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. 10
questions, easy, and if a woman is starting to feel that she is experiencing depression she
can call the Public Health Unit and talk to
a nurse about it. In Kamloops we’re also very fortunate
that we have a specific counselor who is
dedicated to postpartum depression who works out of our mental health clinic here so there are some
great supports for women and families in Kamloops and also across BC.

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