West Penn Hospital Opens New Center To Help Moms With Postpartum Depression


. A NEW RESOURCE TO HELP MOMS WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. A NEW CENTER OPENED AT WEST PENN HOSPITAL TODAY. DR. MARIA SIMBRA LOOKS AT HOW IT IS HELPING NEW MOMS WHO ARE STRUGGLING AFTER GIVING BIRTH. Reporter: AT WEST PENN HOSPITAL THE RIBBON CUTTING OF THE CENTER. FEATURING HER DAUGHTER WHO LOST HER MOM WHEN SHE WAS SIX WEEKS OLD. MY WIFE DID NOT SURVIVE HER BATTLE WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. Reporter: HER HUSBAND STARTED A FOUNDATION TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FOUND PARTNERS TO OPEN THE CENTER. THANK YOU. TODAY’S KIND OF AN AMAZING DAY. I FEEL LIKE THE LUCKIEST GUY IN THE WORLD. Reporter: MOMS DEALING WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY CAN GET OUTPATIENT CARE, GROUP THERAPY, YOGA AND TRESSES OF MOTHERHOOD AND BOND WITH THEIR BABIES. A MOTHER WHO IS POST PARTUM DEPRESSION CAN GET THE TREATMENT SHE NEEDS WITHOUT BEING SEPARATED FROM HER BABY. ANYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH THESE DOORS WILL FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN WRAPPED WITH A WARM HUG. Reporter: ONE IN 7 MENTH REALLY MOTHERS WILL HAVE POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. SIXTY% GO UNDIAGNOSED. AND ONLY HALF GET HELP. IT IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. IF YOU NEED THE HELP, GET. I DRIVE TWO HOURS TO GET HERE. LOT OF WOMEN — IT IS HARD TO MAKE THE FIRST PHONE CALL AND THAT IS OKAY. IF YOU CALL WITH YOUR FRIEND, WITH YOUR PARTNER, YOUR MOM, YOU KNOW, THAT IS THE FIRST STEP. Reporter: SYMPTOMS OF POST PARTUM DEPRESSION INCLUDE MOOD SWINGS, ANGER, PANIC, CRYING, TROUBLE BONDING WITH BABY, CHANGES IN APPETITE OR SLEEP AND WITHDRAWAL. IF IT LASTS LONGER THAN TWO

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