Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

More Information For New Parents

50%-80% of new mothers experience the “baby blues” which is characterized by:

  • Mild sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability for no apparent reason
  • Fluctuating moods
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Fatigue

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is more severe than “baby blues”. If untreated, Postpartum Depression can be overwhelming. PPD strikes 15%-22% of new mothers. The onset is usually gradual, although it can be rapid. Without intervention, it can last for months and affect the family for years to come.

Symptoms of PPD generally include several of the following:

  • Excessive worrying and fears
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty making decisions- loss of focus and concentration
  • Deep sadness, crying spells, hopelessness, social withdrawal
  • Feelings of guilt, shame
  • Anxiety, phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Mixed emotions about the baby
  • Changes of appetite
  • Fear of being rejected by spouse

Risk factors for PPD include:

  • A history of postpartum depressions
  • Depression or anxiety during pregnancy
  • Lack of support from one’s spouse, family or friends
  • Personal or family history of depression or anxiety
  • Labor/delivery complications for mother or baby
  • Difficulties with the baby (health, temperament, feeding or sleeping problems)
  • Marital problems

For more information about NEW MOMS CONNECT please contact newmomsconnect@jfsla.org or call Melanie Weiner at 310.247.0864 ext. 218 

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