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Depression After Delivery

It’s normal for a new mom to have a range of feelings. Many women have the “baby blues” just after birth. But, for one in five women, feelings of agitation, sadness or anxiety are much stronger and last more than two weeks. These strong feelings are called postpartum depression.

Risk Factors

Postpartum depression has more than one cause. Many things can add to a woman’s chance of being depressed after giving birth. Take this quiz to see if you have any risk factors.

Symptoms

It is easy to mix up the symptoms of postpartum depression with normal hormone changes. How can you tell if it’s serious? Take this quiz to see if you have symptoms of depression.

If you think you may have postpartum depression, tell your doctor or some other health care provider. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed. It is not anyone’s fault, and it is very treatable. It is also serious and can affect you, your relationships and your baby, if left untreated.

Resources

Central Minnesota Resources

If you are in a crisis, call:

  • Central Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Line: 320-253-5555
  • St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Access: 320-255-5774. Ask for the Behavioral Access Nurse.

If you are seeking help, but are not in a crisis, call:

  • St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic: 320-229-4977. Ask to schedule a time for a postpartum depression assessment.
  • Speak with your primary health care provider and tell him or her you are worried you may have postpartum depression.

National Resources

  • Crisis Connection: 866-379-6363; TTY 612-379-6377
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK
  • United Way First Call for Help: 2-1-1
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Depression after Delivery, Inc.
  • Mental Health Association of Minnesota (Culturally specific resources)
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