Nurse Carole Sheehan describes her motivation to care and advocate for women who suffer from postpartum depression (PPD).
Nurse Carole Sheehan:
Well, part of that is because I see what happens, you know, how it can change your life and change the life of one of your children so dramatically. And, the other part is that women suffer so greatly when they have postpartum depression, and it changes the way they feel about themselves and the people that they love, and they lose hope, and they lose their spirit.
When they get into treatment and when they are with other women in support groups, they see that they are not the only one going through it and they find ways to heal. And because it’s so readily treatable is why I choose to continue to work to promote awareness and promote screening and treatment because when left untouched and undiagnosed, it causes great harm to mom, the baby, the marriage, and all the people who that woman interfaces with.
So, it’s easily treated, and that’s why it’s important that we try to take care of it.
About Carole Sheehan, M.A., R.N.:
Carole Sheehan is a nurse at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona and the founder of the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition. She works to raise awareness about PPD and introduce screening as a method of prevention through prenatal visits. She also encourages the distribution of information about PPD to pregnant women so they have the tools and resources to get help when they need it.