Licensed clinical social worker Katie Monarch describes how a new mother with a history of depression can advocate for her health and cope with postpartum depression/PPD.
Katie L. Monarch:
Any mom who has a history of depression herself or has a family history of depression should certainly let her OB know right from the beginning that she may be prone for postpartum depression. She can ask for help at that point, what kind of services are available for her, what can she do, how does she get in contact with the postpartum depression program?
If she does need help she can also talk to family members. She can talk to her significant other, she can talk to other mothers who have experienced it, but it is really important for that mom to know that it’s okay and that she is going to be okay. If she does, like I say, if she has any history, then starting right from the beginning and working with her OB, she may start feeling some anxiety, the antepartum, before she delivers the baby, which she could get some help with some professionals as far as talking that through as well. Once she delivers then she will already be connected and it’s just a natural flow for her.
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).