New Moms Need to Take Postpartum Depression – aka the ‘Baby Blues’ – Seriously and Get the Help they Need

Insider Louisville LogoNew moms are often told by family members, friends, and co-workers that becoming a mother is among the happiest times she’ll ever experience.

So why is it that nearly one in four new moms experience profound sadness, anxiety, or depression in the first six weeks after the new baby goes home?

“In TV shows and movies, it shows that it should be the happiest point in your life,” Dr. Amy Greenamyer, a Louisville counselor who specializes in women’s issues, fertility, and pregnancy-related adjustment, says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “You should be thrilled to have this new baby. But many feel regrets about having gotten pregnant to begin with. ‘What did we do to our lives, we’ve ruined our lives.’ There’s guilt that comes with those types of thoughts, because we should be happy about this.”

The fact is that having a new person in your home requires an adjustment, not just by the mother, but by all those in her support circle. Feelings of fear and doubt are common.

To hear more from Dr. Greenamyer, please click here. To read more, please click here.

 

March of Dimes and others continue to help women reduce risk factors of premature births

HopeEvery expectant mother has an ideal vision of the birthing process, one that results in her holding her newborn in her hospital room with family gathered around.

But the reality is that premature births happen — and in Kentucky they happen at a rate 2 percent higher than the national average. When a baby is born prior to the 37th week of pregnancy, it is considered premature. There’s no official cause of premature birth, and the March of Dimes spends millions of dollars on research to determine ways to help mothers carry babies to full term births.

“The cause of premature birth is unknown,” Ryan Burt, Wellness Manager at Passport Health Plan, said in an Insider Louisville article. “There are certain risk factors that can lead to premature birth and we can tell women to be sure to lower their risk, but the actual reason is still unknown.”

To read more about this, please click here. To register for the March of Dimes’ biggest annual fund-raiser, the Greater Louisville March for Babies, on Saturday, May 13 on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, please click here.

 

Passport Supports Kentucky Youth Advocates’ Push to Reduce Smoking During Pregnancy

smokingHealthy pregnancies lead to healthy babies.  Pregnant women should have the support they need to make healthy choices as important as not smoking during pregnancy.  Yet a stubbornly high statistic—smoking during pregnancy—warns us that too many Kentucky babies don’t get a strong start. We can protect Kentucky babies by enacting comprehensive smoke-free policies prohibiting smoking indoors in workplaces and public places. For more information from  Kentucky Youth Advocates and the issue-at-hand, click here.