Anne M. Waller, LCSW-C
(410) 718-BABY

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About PPD
Did you know?

Postpartum Depression is actually one of six distinct mood disorders that can strike without warning after the birth of a baby.  PPD is the most common of the six, occurring in 15-20% of all mothers.  It can come on anytime during the first YEAR postpartum.  It can happen following a difficult or easy pregnancy (or delivery), in women with a history of psychiatric problems or none at all, after the birth of a first or any subsequent babies.  There are clear risk factors for becoming depressed after giving birth, but it can also strike women who have none of the risk factors (see "risk factors for PPD"). 

Risk Factors for PPD

Postpartum Depression can happen to anyone.  There are some factors that can put you at greater risk for developing PPD. Remember that risk factors do not cause PPD. 

-History of PPD following previous baby (50% higher risk)
-Anxiety/depression during 3rd trimester of pregnancy
-History of PMS
-History of mood changes from birth control pills or fertility medication
-personal or family history of depression/anxiety
-History of an eating disorder
-Lack of support
-Medical complications during pregnancy or after delivery

Most Common Complications of Childbirth

Preterm Labor              10% of all mothers

Pre-eclampsia              6.5%
of all mothers

Gestational Diabetes       4%
  of all mothers

Postpartum Depression        15% of all 

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