A happy time filled with excitement and joy – that’s what most of us envision when someone is having a baby. For many women, this is not a reality.
Nearly 20% – 1 out of every 5 new moms – experience some form of postpartum depression or other perinatal mood disorder (PMD).
PMD encompasses mood disorders from pregnancy until two years after a baby is born and includes depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alongside women, more than 1 in 10 men experience postpartum depression.
PMD is the most common complication of childbirth. If it goes untreated, there can be serious complications for moms, babies and families including:
- Disruption in mother-baby bonding
- Interruption in the infant’s development
- Family and relationship conflicts
- In serious cases, can lead to suicide or infanticide