The case of a Massachusetts mother accused of killing her three children is shining a spotlight on postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
About 15% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth, and it can affect not just mothers, but also any caregiver in the home and even men, according to Dr. Monique Winnett, a Clinical Psychologist for St. Joseph’s Health.
Postpartum depression can be caused by hormonal changes, changes in demands and expectations, and lack of sleep. Social media is also putting pressure on new mothers.
Christine Kowaleski, a doctor and nurse practitioner specializing in reproductive health at Crouse Hospital, encourages people to ask new mothers how they’re doing and offer support.
Crouse Hospital offers a free postpartum support group over Zoom for mothers in need.
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