Something’s not right…
You’ll hear this phrase repeated, over and over, in so many stories of the moment a new mom realizes she’s feeling more than just the “baby blues.” When she realizes her anxiety is just too much, or her sad is just a bit (or a lot) too sad, her concern about the germs her baby is exposed to is starting to become obsessive. When, after two weeks, things aren’t getting any better, or they’re even getting worse.
Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (which can range from anxiety to depression, obsessive compulsive disorder to bipolar and in the most extreme cases, psychosis) can be all consuming if left untreated. It's not that easy though. Most moms feel guilt, shame, and embarrassment which can lead to isolation for fear that someone will notice. These feelings make her so afraid that she's the only one who isn’t head over heels in love with this magical, crying, life sucking being that she spends every minute of every day with. That she's doing something wrong and that these feelings are somehow her fault. The motto of Postpartum Support International is "You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well." www.postpartum.net
Did you know that 1 out of every 7 moms is also facing the same feelings? Say that to yourself again, 1 out of every 7 moms. Now let’s put that in perspective. Think for a moment, how many moms do you know? More than you can write down right? How about let’s focus it down a bit, and make a list right now of the first 7 moms of babies under a year old that come to mind. At least one of those moms is most likely suffering from PMAD.
PMAD can look different for every mom. If you’re concerned for a friend, family member spouse or yourself, please reach out for support! Here are some local resources.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Postpartum Support International Warmline (calls answered within 12-24 hours)- 1-800-944-4773
Various Groups at The Bump & Beyond- Events can be found here https://www.facebook.com/pg/thebumpandbeyond/events
Motherhood Matters- 910-790-9500 https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodmattersnc/
Leslie Black https://www.betterhelp.com/leslie-york/ www.mindfulmooncounseling.com 910-200-7727
Holianne Ibarra https://www.talkspace.com/room/hollianneibarra
Pediatric Sleep Consultant:
Seaside Sleep Consulting https://www.facebook.com/seasidesleepconsulting/
Seaside Doula https://www.facebook.com/seasidedoula www.seasidedoula.com
Breastfeeding Support Group:
Mother’s Milk Club NHRMC Mondays and the first Sunday of every month, 11:00-12:15.