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For Mothers

Becoming a parent is a major change that affects every aspect of you and your family’s life. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, uncertain and sensitive as you learn. But if you continue to have having trouble adjusting, to whatever degree, getting information and help as soon as possible will make a difference.

Postpartum depression (PPD) can happen to anyone regardless of work status, marital status, number of children, or mental health history. It can happen during pregnancy, right after birth or months later.

About 20% of women experience a clinical depression. Going without help may make your depression worse. Left untreated, postpartum disorders can last for several months, even years.

Both men and women experience postpartum depression. Certainly, when one parent is suffering, the rest of the family suffers.

Building a network of other new parents and friends is important. We’ve included a variety of local resources for education and support. Additionally, we've included a wide range of symptoms for postpartum depression and some tips for helping to deal with sleep deprivation.

PPD Symptoms | PPD Resources | Sleep Deprivation

It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.