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).