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Postpartum Depression

My postpartum depression

A was unplanned. She screamed almost everyday for the first 6 months of her life. She has been to more doctors in her first year of life than I have in the past 6 years. She is stubborn. I cried for the first 5 months of A’s life. I was unable to breastfeed. I had to hire a mothers helper because I couldn’t deal with being alone with my child. I keep asking myself why? Why me? I see my…

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Postpartum Depression

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month – Kathryn

My story might be a bit different. Like a handful of mothers I did not seek counseling or get treated. I battled this in silence, not knowing what was going on. Throughout my pregnancy I was like every other mom. I loved my unborn baby and did everything to give her the best start. I ate great, stayed away from everything pregnant people are “supposed” to, and tried my best for her. My husband deployed when I was 6 months…

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Postpartum Depression

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month – Katie

   Post-Partum Depression/Anxiety – it’s such a touchy subject.  But it shouldn’t be! I’ve struggled with Depression since I was 16 years old, those fun teenage years really got me, plus the full on “Daddy Issues” really were a struggle for me.  But I never thought I would have it even worse after having a child.  I honestly never knew what PPD/PPA was until I was pregnant. I realized I had PPD a few days after I gave birth to my…

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Postpartum Depression

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month – Vianey

  Like most expectant mothers, my pregnancy was filled with people exclaiming “Having a baby will change your life!”, “It’s the best thing you will ever experience!” and “This is the happiest you will ever be.” I had very high expectations to be a glowing new mom with a happy baby and a feeling of absolute joy. Through the months of discomfort, morning sickness and preparation, I imagined a movie-like experience of motherhood. However, my dreams and expectations quickly came…

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Postpartum Depression