Did you know….
I experienced PPD and PPA (postpartum depression and anxiety)? To the point of having self harm ideation. It was scary, it was real, it was unexpected. For my husband, Tyler, and me.
Did you Know….
– 70-80% of women will experience the “baby blues” and many more will experience the more severe condition of PPD
– the reported rate of clinical PPD among women is between 10-20% (scary considering 70-80% are effected, just not reporting or knowing what they are experiencing)
– 1 in 7 women can expect to experience depression in the year following birth
IOME focuses on Prenatal Emotional Awareness, not only to increase awareness for PPD and PPA but more importantly, to make a plan on what to do if or when you experience these symptoms (for you and your partner).
At my follow up doctor appointment I completed a form that was used to indicate if I was in danger to myself or to others. Because of my degree, I knew exactly what it was for. I answered honestly, which would have alarmed any provider.
And what does my doctor say? You should probably see someone about that.
That’s it, not who to see, not how to help, nothing. I’m not blaming her at all. Because I think it’s something many aren’t equipped or trained to handle.
Again, that’s why I’m passionate about spreading the word and increasing awareness.
If you are pregnant, planning to be, or know someone who is, or maybe you just want to be informed to better support someone else, please consider IOME’s Prenatal Emotional Awareness Class. The class will be available for download soon, email me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you relate? Thanks for allowing me to share, I encourage you to do the same.