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A really interesting podcast from NPR discusses postpartum depression experiences and myths.
"An estimated one in seven women experiences depression during or after pregnancy. Among some groups, such as teenage moms and women with a history of trauma, the rate can be even higher. Left untreated, depression during this time can have serious consequences on the health of the mother, the baby and the entire family."
"...depression during and after pregnancy (called perinatal depression) is treatable, and women with the right treatment do recover."
The article lists five things to know about postpartum or perinatal depression:
As an acupuncturist specializing in maternal care, I offer various treatment options to support new moms. This article describes other, non-medical, ways that they can be supported.
"While physical gifts are thoughtful, if you’re a close friend or relative, what a new mom will really appreciate are small acts of encouragement and kindness in the days after delivery."
Examples include: cooking dinner, getting groceries delivered, providing compassionate emotional support, asking specific questions when helping:
"Often, new moms get asked things like, ‘What can I do?’ or ‘What can I bring?’ With all the things going on in mom’s head, making another decision is hard. So, use more focused questions like ‘Is it OK if I do the dishes?’ or ‘I made you cookies, when can I drop them off?’ or ‘Where’s the diaper bag, I’ll change him.’”
The article also describes what to avoid - baby visits, welcome parties, and giving unsolicited advice.
"WOULD-BE mums should consider acupuncture with a recent study finding the treatment is better at helping women fall pregnant than fertility drugs. The alternative treatment was compared to popular drugs used to boost ovulation with scientists finding acupuncture increased the chance of pregnancy to 43.3 per cent compared to 20 per cent through the medication."
"Dr Zhiguang Hu, who led the research conducted at the Mawangdui Hospital of Hunan Province in China, said: 'One important mechanism responsible for the fertility treatment success with acupuncture is hormonal regulation. And the study confirms that acupuncture normalises prolactin levels more rapidly than receiving fertility medications.'"
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