Waterdown Maternal Mental Health Services
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Postpartum depression occurs in one in every seven women and one in every ten men, so rest assured you are not alone. Childbirth can be exhilarating for some, however for others, feelings of sadness, guilt, loneliness, and distress may take over. If you experience any of these symptoms after the birth of your child, you may be experiencing what is commonly known as 'baby blues' which is due in part to significant hormonal shifts post delivery. However if these feelings continue or worsen greater than 14 days, you may be at risk of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder such as postpartum depression. You can turn to Postpartum Parent Network for help. We offer evidence-based screening questionnaires as part of our intake process to determine your level of risk for a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, and liase closely with your primary care provider to ensure your needs are met.
We understand that every parent’s postpartum experience is unique. Many women may feel disappointment regarding their labor and birth experience, which poses an increased risk for postpartum depression. Often times we may feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit that what we thought would be a positive experience is instead overshadowed by feelings of frustration, regret, anger, sadness, guilt, and even a sense of powerlessness when certain outcomes were out of our control. Some parents may feel anxious or on edge, and may have scary or disturbing thoughts for no reason at all. Your feelings are definitely validated, and you are not alone. Postpartum Parent Network strives in early assessment and intervention to connect you with postpartum support as soon as possible, so don't hesitate to book an initial consultation to review your symptoms and determine next steps. We are committed to helping you get the proper help that you need in a timely manner, whether it is with our services or any other resources you may benefit from.