Birth, Baby & Beyond Program
The Importance of Postpartum Care
At this special time, it's important that you take care of yourself and your baby. One way to ensure that you are on track is to see your doctor for a postpartum visit three to eight weeks after you deliver. Postpartum care visits are a part of your overall delivery package and allow your doctor to evaluate your mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Postpartum Depression Signs & Symptoms
Having a baby is a joyful time, but it can also be overwhelming. Until your hormone levels return to normal, you may feel symptoms of the "baby blues" or more intense symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). PPD can bring on feelings of sadness, difficulty sleeping, appetite changes and more.
It is important that you talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Strong feelings of sadness, depression or anger that last more than two weeks after giving birth or begin a month or two after your baby is born
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Increased or decreased hunger
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Fear that you might hurt your baby or yourself
- Guilt or hopelessness
- Little interest in your baby or other members of your family
Help is available
If you are depressed, our Coordinated Behavioral Health Management (CBHM) department can help. CBHM services are confidential and help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call (800) 444-5755 if you would like to speak to a trained medical professional.