Local non profit helps parents with postpartum depression
Postpartum Support Intl. South Dakota Chapter has a mission to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing throughout the state.
Postpartum depression can go beyond the first few weeks after a baby is born — it can persist for months if left untreated.
Breanna Bass is the secretary for Postpartum Support Intl. and says, “It’s more than just your typical baby blues, that a lot of moms or even dads suffer from, which is the first two weeks postpartum. It goes beyond that — that’s when you might see (you know), I’m angry all the time or I’m sad all the time, I don’t wanna do anything, I don’t want to interact or there is psychosis as well postpartum psychosis that you’re just out of your mind, your element.”
It is normal to feel sad, angry or lonely after giving birth as your new day to day schedule is out of whack.
Bass says, “The focus is no longer on mom, it’s on baby and you have new schedules. Your sleep is disrupted, your eating habits are disrupted, you have society saying ‘oh you need to breast-feed’ or ‘you to formula feed,’ we have so much going on not to mention the hormones changing throughout your body is just fluctuating like crazy.”
Bass says there can be a stigma that comes along with mental health – it may be hard to admit you need help, but parents are encouraged to not struggle alone and hope the problems goes away, there is support out there to get through the hard times.
“Whether you’re suffering from postpartum depression — maybe you have anxiety or maybe a postpartum OCD — there are different realms of the mental health for postpartum and maybe you just need somebody saying ‘It’s ok.’ You can reach out for medication, maybe counseling, maybe a support group — we have a monthly support group you can come to,” says Bass.
The group meets monthly the first Tuesday at Fork Real Café, with no registration needed. The group also offers resources as well as training to professionals to the state — bringing awareness to the importance of mental health of parents who may be suffering and offering a path through the darkness.
The group is hosting The Climb Out of Darkness 5K Walk on August 24th.