Licensed clinical social worker Katie Monarch recalls the postpartum depression/PPD symptoms a new mother may experience.
Katie L. Monarch:
A lot of our moms today have planned on getting pregnant. They have thought about it; they have waited; they have had their career. They make the decision, “Okay, we are going to go ahead and do this.” Once the baby comes, they look and go ”What have I done?”
It’s common for a mom with postpartum depression to feel guilt that, ”I don’t want to hold this baby all the time. Why are my family members all so happy about this baby, and I am looking thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I done? I kind of want to be back at work. I don’t want to be a full-time mom. This isn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought things were going to be different. I thought I would feel different, and it makes me feel bad when everybody around me is so happy and so glad that we have this baby and I am dying inside. I feel guilty. I feel that I am not going to be a good mom. I feel that I have made a mistake. Perhaps I didn’t plan exactly how it was supposed to be, and it makes me feel overwhelmed and a bad mom.”
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).
Visit Katie L. Monarch at St. Joseph Hospital