If you’re experiencing symptoms of postpartum
depression, it’s really important to contact your healthcare provider, whether it’s your
obstetrician/gynecologist, your midwife, lactation consultant, or your new baby’s pediatrician.
[MUSIC] For a referral for mental health treatment. For example, for mild to moderate depression,
you might feel more comfortable going to a support group. Or seeing a counselor, one
on one, for psychotherapy, to learn how to cope with some of the symptoms of postpartum
depression. [MUSIC] For more severe symptoms of postpartum depression, for example if you
are having any suicidal thoughts or any thoughts of hurting your baby, you might see a psychiatrist
who can prescribe medication that are actually safe during breast feeding. If you’re trying
to find a new mental health clinician. One resource that’s in, very helpful is online
and it’s called Postpartum Support International. This is a nonprofit that has regional coordinators
that can connect new moms with symptoms of postpartum depression with mental health clinicians.
Treatment for postpartum depression can really be a collaboration between you and your health
care provider. And making a decision between what kind of treatment whether it’s medication,
antidepressant or individual therapy or a support group all of these treatments can
be very effective either alone or in combination.