Katie Monarch, a licensed clinical social worker, explains what family members should know when visiting with a new mom who is suffer from postpartum depression/PPD.
Katie L. Monarch:
There’s hormones that come into play. There’s issues regarding, “Have I had a past history of depression in the past? Is it coming back up for me? Is it that my support network isn’t as strong as I thought it would be?” There’s many issues that can contribute to what they are feeling at this particular time, and it’s important to remember that it’s very real to that mom, and she is in a dark hole and can’t see the blue sky. She can’t see that the baby is adorable. She doesn’t want to hear that the baby is adorable anymore.
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).