Katie Monarch, a licensed clinical social worker, shares the best way for a new mom to prepare for possible postpartum depression/PPD symptoms.
Katie L. Monarch:
I think the best medicine that a mom could do, would be to educate herself before delivery on what the signs and symptoms may be, what is available if it does occur, educating herself on medications; “Can I take medications and still breastfeed?” And really being prepared in that respect, and then if it does occur, then she is ready and she has that number right there. She can contact that number and get the help she needs. She doesn’t have to try to figure it out at a point where she is exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious and can’t even function any longer.
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).