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After Your Delivery

Care for Body and Mind

Whether or not this is your first child, becoming a new mother can be challenging. Some sadness and feelings of exclusion are natural after childbirth. This is often called the “baby blues.”

However, if those feelings are severe or prolonged, it could be a condition called postpartum depression.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that as many as 12 percent of new mothers report being moderately depressed after they deliver their baby and 6 percent report being very depressed after delivery.

After delivery, you may experience:

  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent crying
  • Worry, fear or nervousness
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Grief or loss related to your pregnancy

Visit our Health Library to learn more about the signs of postpartum despression. You may also want to take a free risk assessment for postpartum depression.

Please know that help is available right here at Tanner. Willowbrooke at Tanner can provide you with comprehensive behavioral and psychological care. A team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists and more will work together to provide quality care and connect you to a large network of community-based programs to provide support.

Willowbrooke at Tanner also can help address concerns related to sibling rivalry, integrating a new member into your family and other behaviors or emotions you find troubling and would like to discuss.

A free, confidential screening can help determine if you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression or needs behavioral help. Willowbrooke at Tanner offers a free, confidential help line at 770.836.9551. This line is staffed 24-hours-a-day by a behavioral health clinician trained in crisis intervention.

Emergency screenings from Willowbrooke at Tanner are also available in the emergency departments at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Need Help?

If you experience thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, seek help immediately. A 24-hour help line is available from Willowbrooke at Tanner at 770.836.9551. You also can call 911 or come to the nearest hospital emergency department for help. Don’t suffer through postpartum depression alone; help is available.

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