The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood

 

I have worked with many women over the years who have experienced postpartum depression (PPD), and for so many, it is a silent, isolating and guilt ridden struggle.  I wanted to help spread the word that the host of the Real Parenting program on CFAX, Shirley Broback, is going to be hosting an excellent program this weekend to address this difficult time in motherhood. She has Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, a psychologist and author of the books, The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood and Depression in New Mothers joining the show to help lead the discussion.  Here is an excerpt from the Real Parenting website:

"The baby arrives and you know you are supposed to be excited about it. Why don’t you feel that overwhelming joy & love for that child? Perhaps your birth did not turn out as you had hoped. Breastfeeding was not as easy as you thought it would be. Or perhaps your partner is overwhelmed too, and doesn’t know how to support you.

Soon sleep deprivation is causing you to delve into deep dark places & thoughts you had never before imagined. And you wish that the world would slow down, for just a minute. Maybe you sat there holding a screaming child and thought to yourself, “Is this my life now?”

Well mama, you are not alone. Many of us have felt this or some version of it.

This Saturday, March 19th from 10-11am PST on CFAX 1070, (you can stream live from your computer) there will be an open discussion on postpartum depression to help dissolve the isolation and guilt so many women feel about their experience when it is turns out less than June Cleaver-like."

I would also like to share a few resources in our community for new moms needing support with postpartum depression:

If you missed the show, click here to listen to the podcast.

~ blog entry by Stephanie Curran

 

 

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