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AUDIO: Mom's Health Matters, With Dr. Shosh - Episode #3

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So Susan, what else can you, you know, after the woman goes to a healthcare practitioner who she trusts and hopefully that person has some special education when it comes to the perinatal mood disorders, what else? What’s next?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
And that’s so important that they get that education at any practitioner who would like to help women in the perinatal period. Go out of their way to find and take training courses to make them more aware of how these disorders may manifest.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
But say we’ve covered social support and peer-led groups that may exist in the community. The next thing may be if these aren’t offering physicians relief would be therapy, would be a referral to a practitioner, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist in the area who is trained, trained in these disorders so that the woman can go in and get a more full evaluation. "Tell me what’s going on, how are you feeling, are you eating, are you sleeping?" And sometimes when women get the sleep that they need, some of these symptoms go away rather rapidly.

The sleep issue: isn’t that something in our society we take for granted that new moms aren’t going to sleep. I mean, what is with that? Who made that rule?

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
It’s so ridiculous.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
It is. I mean, sleep is a medical necessity. It is not a luxury, right? It’s a form of torture denying someone sleeping; it’s a form of torture. That unto itself can produce psychosis.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
Absolutely, yeah, that’s a great point. Thank you for bringing up the sleep issue.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
All right, and along with that, good nutrition. Good nutrition for all new moms, breast-feeding moms, that’s very, very important. But again, tap someone you can talk to about your level of frustration, anger, sorrow, sadness, what you’re feeling, someone you can confide those feelings in who can help you understand that they are symptoms.

You, the woman, hasn’t changed.

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