The fact is being a parent of loss increases your chances of getting postpartum depression (PPD).
1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with PPD within the first year after giving birth.
10% of father’s also experience PPD. So it’s not hormonal.
Parents of loss are 66% more likely to develop PPD as opposed to parents of live births.
Parents with a history of mental illness have a 30% increased of developing PPD than parents who don’t have any history of mental illness.
1 in 1000 women develop the very deadly disease of postpartum psychosis. It often results in suicide or infanticide. The good news that postpartum depression is very treatable by asking for help.
Look out for the common symptoms of PPD in relation of Baby Loss:
Feeling of worthlessness, a failure as a mother/father/parent
Fatigue and lack on interest in what used to excite you
Low emotions and “funk” that doesn’t go away in a few weeks
Feeling lonely and choosing to isolate yourself
Depression is a common stage of grief, but usually goes away after giving yourself self-love and care.
Having dark thoughts such as “what would happen if I wasn’t here anymore?”
If the above sounds like you at all, there is an evaluator that can help you understand how severe your PPD is. Click below to do the questionnaire. Regardless of the outcome, PLEASE seek help. I am available to you whenever you need me.
If you have suicidal thoughts, immediately call your local suicide prevention line. In Canada, this is: 1-833-456-4566 SMS: 45645 (text line is open 4PM to 12AM).