What should I know about postpartum depression?

It’s not just postpartum, and it’s not just depression.

Many people are familiar with the phrase “postpartum depression,” or depression that occurs after the birth of a baby. But, we know now that it’s not just during the postpartum period, and it’s not just depression.

Women experience depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health conditions, during pregnancy and after the baby is born. These conditions can have significant effects on the health of the mother and her child.

The NICHD-led Moms’ Mental Health Matters initiative is designed to educate families and health care providers about who is at risk for depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, the signs of these problems, and how to get help. The initiative also includes information for partners, family, and friends on ways to help.

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The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, part of the Health Resources & Services Administration, offers the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline to help new mothers address the range of sometimes overwhelming emotions that can occur after their baby is born. The hotline provides free and confidential access to trained counselors and resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English, Spanish, and more than 60 other languages. They can offer support and information related to before, during, and after pregnancy.
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