depression can affect a mother’s ability to parent.
She may lack energy, have trouble concentrating, be irritable,
and not be able to meet her child’s needs for love and affection.
As a result, she may feel guilty and lose confidence in herself
as a mother, which can worsen the depression. Researchers believe
that postpartum depression can affect the infant by causing delays
in language development, problems with emotional bonding to others,
behavioral problems, lower activity levels, sleep problems, and
distress. It helps if the father or another caregiver can assist
in meeting the needs of the baby and other children in the family
while mom is depressed.
All children deserve the chance to have a healthy
mom. All moms deserve the chance to enjoy their life and their
suffer alone. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression
during pregnancy or after having a baby, please tell a loved
one and call
you doctor or midwife right away.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services