“If it’s supposed to be such a joyful and beautiful time in my life, why do I feel so bad?” A lot of new moms feel this way. In fact, at least 50% of moms experience the baby blues in the first two weeks after their baby’s birth. Many more will feel worse for a longer period of time. This may be a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder - also known as postpartum depression (PPD) - which is the most common complication of pregnancy.
- Community Reach Center provides therapeutic support for women with pregnancy-related depression and anxiety. Dads need support too - that's why services focus on the whole family. Services are provided by Infant Mental Health Specialists on the Early Childhood Services Team, as well as therapists at any of the Center’s outpatient locations.
- For individuals experiencing pregnancy-related depression and anxiety, support focuses on preparation for the child, as well as building parent/child attachment and relationship after the baby is born. These services can be provided in the parent's home or in an outpatient setting – whichever is most comfortable for the parents.
- Dads can also experience postpartum depression and anxiety. It's important for new and expecting parents to know they're not alone and that it's okay to reach out for help!