My husband e-mailed me this link on Valentine’s Day asking me if I had seen this article. I clicked and read the entire article. I became more and more irritated. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/14/skin-to-skin-contact-natural-way-to-treat-postpartum-depression/
I breastfed my little Skeeter, so we did do skin to skin contact while I nursed. Nursing was the only time that I did not feel the prickles of anxiety. If I could have, I would have scratched myself until I bled. One of the telltale physical signs of my anxiety is when I start scratching myself. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I could not just sit still. I had to do something – fold laundry, sweep, wash dishes, organize the girls’ clothes. My postpartum weight loss was accelerated by my anxiety. The only time that I sat still was to nurse Skeeter.
This natural approach would not have worked for me. I was suffering from moderate to severe postpartum anxiety and moderate postpartum depression. The claim that the postpartum depression is on the rise is not backed up with any facts. Is it possible that the increased awareness surrounding postpartum mood disorders is causing more women to open up to their doctors? Katherine Stone’s blog Postpartum Progress is the most widely read blog on postpartum mood disorders. A flourishing community of Warrior Moms blog about their postpartum struggles.
I recovered by participating actively in my care. I focused on my physical needs by getting enough rest, by making sure that I ate a variety of healthy foods, and by exercising. I read blogs and books about postpartum mood disorders to increase my understanding and empower myself. I focused on nurturing my creativity by writing, dancing and singing. I addressed both the biochemical and psychosocial components through appointments with my therapist, medication and participating in an online support group #ppdchat.
My take on this article is that it is condescending to the moms who are trying to recover from their postpartum mood disorders without using medication. This article neglects to mention how crucial social support is for the new mom. It also fails to take into account the fundamental identity shift that occurs once a woman becomes a mother. My opinion is that all aspects need to be addressed for a woman to recover from her postpartum mood disorder: biochemical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual.