Postpartum Support Information and Links
Resourceful information to help with questions about postpartum issues. Link above also includes a hotline information phone number for personal questions.
Link above is an online support for PPD
Link above has a lot of information on PPD types
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
If you are experiencing any of the following:
Crying for “no reason”
Feelings of inadequacy
Difficulty making decisions
Asking directions for simple tasks
Failure to keep appointments
Fear of being alone
Anxiety and/or panic attacks
Nervousness, shaking or trembling
Dizziness, heart pounding, chest pains
Fantasies of disaster, bizarre fears, intrusive thoughts
Feelings of hopelessness
Significant changes in eating patterns
No interest in previously enjoyable activities
Withdrawal and isolation from family and friends
Inability to touch or care for baby
Feelings of not wanting the baby
Desire to leave family, feeling trapped
Angry feelings toward husband, baby, or self
Hostility, tantrums, “feeling out of control”
Thoughts of hurting self or baby
Compulsive behaviors, checking and rechecking things
Increased alcohol consumption or drug use
Unresolved feelings about a complicated delivery and/or postnatal complications
Help is available!!
Some of the above signs and symptoms as surrogate mothers do not apply to us in way of bringing baby home or not wanting to interact with baby. It could apply to your own life with your own children within your personal life.
400,000 women each year (1,200 women everyday) or approximately 20% of all women who give birth will experience some degree of postpartum depression (PPD).
50 - 80% will experience "Postpartum Blues."
10 - 18% of all pregnant women will experience pre-partum (antepartum) depression. Of these, 80% will develop PPD.
1-3/1,000 will experience postpartum psychosis (PPP).
PPD = 66%
PPP = 33%
90% realize something is "wrong."
20% reported their symptoms to a healthcare provider.
Average time of PPD onset = 2 months.
Average time it takes women to seek treatment = 4 months.
1 in 10 mothers will have delayed bonding.
1 in 100 mothers will have hostile feelings toward their infants.
1 in 50,000 will actually commit infanticide.
Early detection and treatment = recovery rate of 90%.
25% left untreated do not recover
Last edited by SusanFrmLA; 07-29-2006 at 03:06 PM.
Reason: Added information
Susan R - Mom to 2 boys & GS to 8 Surrobabes
Pregnant with OUR Baby Girl/Surrogate Advocate