Introduction to Postpartum (02:23)
Several women briefly discuss their experiences with postpartum depression and the stigma that attempts to separate "them from us." In actuality this is an equally opportunity disorder than can affect any woman.
The Last Taboo (02:37)
As long as there as a stigma there will be barriers preventing women from acknowledging postpartum depression, which can cause: stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, loss of appetite, panic attacks and inability to experience pleasure from your baby.
Thinking Outside the Box (02:52)
Women who suffered from postpartum depression 25 years ago are still stuck with the label. One woman tells her story of checking into a psychiatric hospital for help.
Shame and Guilt of Postpartum Depression (02:23)
The media tends to focus on the small number of women with postpartum psychosis, which does a great disservice to the large number of women who suffer from postpartum depression. The fear of being labeled can keep women from getting help.
"Ebb & Flow" of PPD (02:10)
A mother explains how she did not understand postpartum depression until experiencing it herself. One doctor says to much emphasis is put on birth and delivery, when it is the time after birth that can be the most difficult for both the mother and father.
Treading Water with PPD (02:27)
A woman tells her story about postpartum depression. She experienced "ups and downs" before breaking down and looking for help despite her fears.
"Who Cares?" about PPD (05:05)
There is a lack of understanding and information about postpartum depression among health care workers. Women in a postpartum depression support group and experts discuss the fear that a baby could be taken away from its mother.
Health Care System and PPD (04:35)
A traumatic birth experience can lead to a sense of sadness and anger, key components of postpartum depression. By trying to promote breastfeeding, health care professionals can exacerbate these feelings in new mothers.
PPD "Pioneers" (04:33)
Roughly 18 percent of women develop postpartum depression. The relatively new isolated nuclear family unit often limits the availability of practical support to new moms. Some people are looking at new ways to parent and turning to doulas for help.
Universal Experience (03:32)
There is no way to predict who will develop postpartum depression. There are however certain variables that put women at increased risk for PPD. One of these is lack of social support. Telephone and Internet support provide help to isolated moms.
Perspectives on PPD (03:26)
If moms have recently immigrated to a new country they may be at higher risk of developing postpartum depression. The old saying "it takes a village" applies even more so when a mother is suffering from postpartum depression.
Chinese Medicine and PPD (02:28)
In traditional Chinese culture women generally stay home for about one month after childbirth. This gives them time to recover and is also a good way to deal with postpartum depression in a proactive way.
Hormones and PPD (02:26)
The label postpartum depression covers a range of issues. On their own, stress and lack of sleep can both cause depression. Adrenaline can kick in and cause symptoms when there is not enough progesterone to balance estrogen in the body.
Postpartum Plans (04:14)
It takes a lot of support to have a healthy baby and healthy mom. This is often overlooked in modern society. Moms suffering from postpartum depression can benefit from external affirmation.
Credits and Commentary: Pardon My Postpartum: The Depression You’re Not Supposed to Have (01:24)
Credits and Commentary: Pardon My Postpartum: The Depression You’re Not Supposed to Have
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