For most women, having a baby is an exciting time. Yet, after childbirth, many mothers feel sad, angry, afraid, or anxious. Most new mothers (about 70–80%) have these feelings in a mild form called postpartum blues. This is a passing state of heightened emotions.
About 10% of new mothers have a more serious condition called postpartum depression (PPD). Postpartum depression is more intense and lasts longer. Women with PPD have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, tearfulness, fatigue, suicidal thoughts or impaired concentration. PPD often requires counseling and treatment. Postpartum depression can occur after any birth. Please call us if you feel you have any of these signs. Help is readily available.
Women First refers to a wonderful therapist Donna Huber. Donna is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field for more than 15 years. She specializes in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders, as well as other concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Donna treats women between the ages of 18–55, is in-network with Anthem® and Humana® insurance, and accepts many other plans as out-of-network coverage. You may schedule an appointment with Donna by calling 502.550.7718.