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Supporting Loved Ones Through Perinatal Depression

 A Guide for Friends and Family

Perinatal Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. This condition can cause feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety and exhaustion. If you think someone you care about may have postpartum depression, Your Life Iowa can help. 

Learn about perinatal depression symptoms here. Then, reach out to Your Life Iowa for support. The earlier your loved one gets help for PPD, the faster they can feel better. 

 For Fathers & Companions

As a husband or companion, you hold a unique and pivotal role in supporting new mothers. You are in a prime position to offer continual support, love and understanding. Your actions and words can impact a mother’s journey through postpartum depression. To help foster a loving environment for both mother and baby:

  • Be Supportive: Offer a listening ear and a comforting shoulder. Confirm her feelings without judgment. Remind her that help is available for mental health conditions.
  • Assist with Responsibilities: Assist with baby care and help with everyday tasks. 
  • Be Patient: Understand that recovery may take time. Be patient and reassuring. 
  • Use Words of Affirmation: Reassure her often with loving words. Remind her that you love her, find her attractive and believe she is a great mother. 
  • Watch for Warning Signs of Depression: If her condition worsens, seek immediate professional help.

 For Friends

As a friend of a new mother, your support and understanding are important. Checking in, talking with them, offering emotional support all make a difference. Your friendship can help create a nurturing relationship. To help her recovery and well-being during this challenging period: 

  • Stay Connected: Check in with them by phone, text, or email. Make arrangements to stop by. 
  • Be a Good Listener: Let her share her feelings without interruption or judgment. 
  • Offer Encouragement: Remind her of her strength and resilience. 
  • Provide Information: Share resources and information on PPD support.

 Creating a Postpartum Plan

My Check on Mom” is a unique support program for expectant and new moms. My Check on Mom connects you to community, resources and inspirational content. Being a new mom is challenging. My Check on Mom supports your mental health as you navigate these new changes. 

Download the Maternal Health Wellness Plan 

 Maternal Health & Wellness

Visit the Maternal Health & Wellness Page for tips and information on perinatal depression. With Your Life Iowa, you don't have to go through this alone. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with perinatal depression, please reach out to us. Our compassionate representatives are here to help support her and you. Together we can help you find hope and healing. 

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