Many women experience the “baby blues” after giving birth, usually only lasting a week or two. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a severe and long lasting depression that affects 1 in 8 women. New fathers can also experience postpartum depression, affecting around 1 in 10 men. Together, we’re going to  learn about PPD and how to reach out for help.

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Unseen Shadows: The Silent Struggles of Postpartum

The Other Side of Motherhood — A Mother’s Journey with Postpartum Depression. This video reveals the contrast between the picture-perfect moments and the silent battles many mothers face.

Nurturing the Mother’s Soul

“This Isn’t What I Expected” by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W. & Valerie Davis Raskin, MD, is a beacon for new mothers navigating these uncharted waters. Kleiman and Raskin blend expert insights with genuine compassion, making it an invaluable guide for understanding and confronting PPD.

Breathing Through Feedings

Discover how combining mindfulness with feeding can boost a mother’s emotional well-being, as validated by scientific studies.

Motherhood Lexicon

Explore the rich tapestry of words and sentiments that encapsulate motherhood’s emotions, especially in the realm of postpartum experiences.

The Valley Below

‘The Valley Below’, a moving song birthed from the raw experiences of 12 mothers, shedding light on postnatal depression & anxiety. An anthem of solidarity, hope, and resilience.

Melody of Motherhood

Eavan Boland’s ‘The Pomegranate’ intertwines myth with reality, highlighting the emotional journey of a mother facing change and loss.

Shadows in the Nursery

In “Tully,” directed by Jason Reitman, through raw emotion and unexpected humor, the film sheds light on the seldom-discussed challenges of motherhood, making it an essential watch for understanding the depths of postpartum depression.

Postpartum Blues: It’s Not Just ‘Baby Blues’

Understanding the difference between ‘baby blues’ and postpartum depression is crucial.

Portraits of Motherhood

A photography project capturing the raw and real moments of postpartum life.

When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks ,is a raw look into postpartum depression, narrated by Brooke Shields, showcasing real-life accounts of women battling this silent illness, while shedding light on medical interventions and societal perceptions.

Rediscovering Joy

In this episode of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast Dr. Pereau delves into her personal struggle with postpartum depression, detailing her transformative journey from darkness to renewed connection with her child. A must-listen for understanding the complexities of maternal mental health.

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“It’s okay to not be okay after giving birth. It’s okay to ask for help. You deserve to be supported.”

– Brooke Shields

PPD is tough. If you feel very sad, anxious, or think of hurting yourself or the baby, it’s okay to ask for help. Your doctor or baby’s doctor can guide you. Remember, you’re not alone, and you’re doing your best.

This article was created in collaboration with Colorful Zone and Margaret Bouchard, who earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Bay Path University in Massachusetts.