Postpartum depression is a serious form of depression that can occur in the first few months after childbirth. It can also occur after miscarriage and stillbirth. Postpartum depression is different from the “baby blues,” which usually occurs within the first few days of giving birth.
“Baby blues” require no treatment and resolve within a few hours or days. Postpartum depression lasts longer and is associated with potentially adverse consequences for the mother, infant, and other family members.
In Canada, 23% of mothers report experiencing feelings consistent with postpartum depression or an anxiety disorder.
For more information about postpartum depression, including symptoms and diagnosis, please visit the websites of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and CAMH.