Caring for a newborn is challenging. Even in normal circumstances, as many as 1 in 5 new moms develop postpartum depression. The extra stressors of COVID-19 include infection transmission risks and social distancing that can threaten to steal a mother’s first days, weeks and months with her infant, especially if support is limited or restricted. The same holds true for dads or partners, who can also be at risk for PPD.
Nurses caring for childbearing families are expert caregivers, educators and advocates regarding mood and anxiety disorders who are eager to aid childbearing families with identifying and securing help and resources for postpartum depression.
Help is available from your pregnancy care provider and nurses, and from Postpartum Support International online (postpartum.net) and at 800-944-4773 (not a crisis line).