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Dawn

I agree with you. Also, infertility is a predictor for post-partum depression and I wonder if she says that in her book? I really admire her for speaking out about this though.

Running2Ks

PPD is also from a family history of mood disorders, especially if the mom had it. Sleep deprivation makes people without PPD depressed enough! She is courageous to talk about it. Anyone who puts down someone over this and doesn't offer support is just plain wrong. Sometimes it takes a village to help raise a child and make sure that the get love and bonding they need until the PPD passes. I feel bad for anyone suffering this.

Andi

I agree about the isolation...though I think sleep deprivation is the bigger trigger, for someone with the right hormonal cocktail + personal history of depression. I suffered horrible sleep deprivation that turned into insomnia with my first, and found a way to pre-empt that with my second -- with my first I had PPD; with my second baby, I didn't. For me, getting sleep -- and making the changes I needed to make in my life to make it possible for me to get sleep (also known as ASKING FOR HELP!) -- was, I think, the key, determining factor in how I fared, mental health-wise.

Andrea

I agree with you--isolation is a huge factor in PPD. For me it was much harder to be isolated than not to sleep--not sleeping, I'm used to.

It doesn't make me coherent, but I'm used to it.

B/c of Frances's reflux, I basically couldn't go anywhere with her for three months. Being in her carseat made her vomit everything and then the screaming would begin--so staying home was easier for everything except my mental health.

Kimberley

I just wanted to post to say that I really agree with you about the isolation issue. i believe that in general our society is becoming more and more isolated in a social sense. I'm sure that the isolation I've experienced has played a huge part in my depression, post partum and beyond.

Anyway, it's nice to meet you - this is my first post, though I've been reading your blog a while (via Andrea). I love your honesty and I hope you keep it up :o)

Sarah

I remember when my daughter was born and suddenly I understood why having multiple generations live together can be such a good idea. There are plenty of exceptions and some of my feeling stemmed from my Mom being so great to the baby, me and my husband. But my daughter didn't sleep at night, my menopausal mother didn't sleep at night. When my mom slept over at our house, my husband and I could actually get some sleep--which only helped our perspective. I was terrible at finding a mother's group or breastfeeding support. The isolation was intense. We moved back to my hometown to be closer to my parents when we found out we were pregnant, but we didn't expect to see them nearly every day or to consider moving to some shared living arrangement.

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