Depressed New Mothers

It has been shown through research that newly found mothers are vulnerable to suffer postnatal depression during the first year of their child's life. Even with a debriefing session for the new mothers, they still however do not reduce depression rates or the length of it. Instead with the sessions, it may just heighten their focus on what they have experienced, more than they should.

In general, women see the giving birth of a child as something really painful. Hence, they would be traumatized by it and in the process, they would be more likely to suffer from psychological disorders like depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

As a new mother suffers from depression, this would indirectly affect her newborn too. This is because; it is the period where a mother bonds with her new baby. It may lead to major health implications.


Instead of holding debriefing sessions, longer-term screening, like those delivered to emergency service workers and disaster victims should be used. This would hopefully ease up on the depression rates among new mothers. It is important to be prepared for pending motherhood by becoming aware of the need to stimulate the mind was performing the seemingly endless mundane tasks of caring for a newborn baby.

There is then the need to create a network of newly housebound mothers to provide guidance and support for each other, also so as to feel a sense of change and stimulation. We can do this by getting involved in activities which can be conducted in a group at home. For instance a group of friends can gather at someone's home and borrow a book or a video on meditation, yoga, releaxation therapy or any other relaxation/ healing activity.

Most importantly, it is about facing the challenges which arise and to be content with the difficulties that you may face. Because a little baby constantly needs nuturing, love and maintenance. And because a baby cannot say thank you, we may be out of tune with their appreciative feelings. So we need to constantly calm our minds, will yourself to relax, breathe in peace, breathe out stress. Learn to relax your mind, expect your baby to cry, as it is their natural way of communicating their wants and needs to you. Your baby just might be screaming, "I love you".