Licensed clinical social worker Katie Monarch discusses if postpartum depression/PPD is preventable and shares ways to relieve the symptoms.
Katie L. Monarch:
Postpartum depression is not preventable. The symptoms, you are able to get relief for and that’s exactly what the program does. We, talking to a professional, talking to somebody else, coming to the support group, talking to other mothers and asking them what works for them, what doesn’t work for them, medications, having the opportunity to take medications. If you need medication for your anxiety, for your depression, those are the things that can help the symptoms, and they relieve these symptoms a lot quicker with treatment in comparison to just waiting to work through it.
About Katie L. Monarch, L.C.S.W.:
Katie Monarch is the Project Director for the Post Partum Depression program at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, where she helped design an education-focused facility. At this hospital all new mothers are screened for postpartum depression through the Bridges for Newborns program using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).