Circle of Life Women's Center has established this website for educational purposes only. It is
not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice of a health care provider. Proper
diagnosis & treatment for a patient may vary depending on individual circumstances. All
patients are encouraged to consult with their physician regarding any and all medical conditions.
Having a baby is a joyous time for most women. After childbirth, many mothers may feel sad, afraid,
angry or anxious. Most new mothers have these feelings in a mild form called postpartum blues. Sometimes
these feelings are called "baby blues." Postpartum blues will usually go away in a few days.
About 10 percent of new mothers have a greater problem called postpartum depression. Postpartum
depression lasts longer and is more intense. It often requires counseling and treatment. Postpartum depression can occur after
any birth, not just the first.
(ACOG. "Postpartum Depression." Medem Medical Library. <http://www.medem.com>.)