Many new mothers experience something called the “baby blues." This often starts two to three days after childbirth and ends about two weeks later.
If you have “baby blues” you may:
If you're feeling this way, Philly Loves Families encourages you to:
If the "baby blues" last longer than two weeks, talk to a provider. You may be experiencing postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression may initially be mistaken for “baby blues," but PPD symptoms tend to start a little later, ranging from about two weeks after the baby’s birth through the baby’s first year of life.
PPD is less common than the “baby blues.” About 10-20 percent of new mothers will experience symptoms of postpartum depression. If you have PPD you may:
If you're a mother with PPD you might feel especially upset if:
Try to remember that the feelings you may struggle with are a part of PPD. This is no one's fault. You are not a "bad" mom and you haven't done anything wrong.
Talk to someone, such as a partner, family member, a friend or someone else you trust and feel safe with.
Check in with your health care provider, such as your primary care provider, obstetrician/midwife, or your baby’s provider.
Reach out to Philly Families CAN online or by calling (215) 685-4701. A Philly Families CAN coordinator can connect you to a home visiting program that offers in-home therapy and other supports (for topics like sleep, feeding you baby, and more). Home visiting—including in-home therapy through any of the programs—is entirely free and voluntary.
Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for postpartum depression.
If you think of hurting yourself or your baby, immediately tell your partner, family members, a friend, or someone you trust. Have them take over the care for your baby and help you to get to an emergency room immediately or call 911 to get emergency medical services.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to speak to a person who can provide support.
Reducing the stigma associated with postpartum depression starts with awareness of the disorder and its symptoms, and knowing you're not alone.
The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support before, during, and after pregnancy.
Available in English and Spanish.
Call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746).
TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746.
If you're on Medicaid, CBH can help with substance abuse and mental health challenges.
CBH is not a provider, but they will help you arrange and pay for behavioral health services.
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Anyone can call or text this free helpline to get basic information and support.
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The Postpartum Stress Center provides support and treatment for pregnant and postpartum women and their families.
Counselors at the Center offer in-person and teletherapy counseling to women, men and couples. They are LGBTQ affirmative.
Call to make an appointment
The Center is for women's behavioral wellness at all points during life. It is both a patient/client provider and a research facility.
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This center is for women’s intensive outpatient program (IOP). IOP is for mental health symptoms than require more care than weekly therapy but not hospitalization.
Call or go online to make an appointment.
The Connections program offers individual and group therapy sessions to help mothers.
Infant care is available during therapy.
Call to make an appointment
The Council helps to connect individuals, couples, and families with therapists and psychiatrists.
They also find people services they can afford, using a sliding scale.
This program is offered to all Black women regardless of income and access to resources.
The goal is to provide support, education and community during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Reach out online.
UNITE is a Philadelphia area organization that provides support following the loss of a baby, including miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and infant death.
UNITE connects parents to peer-to-peer grief support groups.Learn more
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Find tools and resources to support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Philadelphians.
MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises.
First Aid is given until appropriate supports are received.
Text “HOME” to 741741
A free, 24/7 support for those in any type of crisis.
If you text “HOME” to 741741 from anywhere in the United States you will be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.
For those who are not in an immediate crisis situation but just need to talk to someone who “gets it”?
Operated by NAMI | Philadelphia.
A 24-hour call center to assist people and their families with behavioral health crises.
Operated by the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.
A 24-hour call line in Philadelphia to get help for yourself or someone else.
Operated by Women Against Abuse.
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