It is normally said that when your child is born, it should be the greatest moment of your life. However, according to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, new moms were examined 12 months after giving birth with 300 who died between 2010-2012 in California- with suicide being the seventh leading cause. By having new mothers know that they can turn to a medical professional for help, they will have better chances of being alive and happy for their baby.
Which Mothers are Most at Risk?
New mothers who have died by suicide tended to have co-occurring disorders. In the journal study, 68.5% had depression and others had anxiety and bipolar disorder. Women with fewer financial means also were at risk of developing postpartum suicide. New mothers who feel like they have no financial support or anyone to help them may feel overwhelmed. Women who have gone back to work have felt isolation and not connecting with others in fear that no one would understand what they are going through.
What are the Warning Signs of Postpartum Suicide?
Many new mothers with postpartum suicide experience fatigue, stress, and sleep deprivation. They may experience constant crying, irritability, and not being able to enjoy life. It is a big sign that a new mother is not able to see that having a new addition come into their life would not bring them joy. Many new mothers also feel like they have to be perfect like being able to juggle work, housework, and childcare. By telling someone that it is all too hard, they feel like they are not doing their job well as a mother.
Who Can New Mothers Turn to For Help?
Medical professionals normally screen for postpartum depression four to six weeks after delivery. If you are concerned about your suicidal thoughts, feel free to seek an early appointment to discuss your feelings with a doctor. Do not be afraid to reach out to your loved ones that you need help with your baby if your spouse is at work. Prescriptions are not enough to treat postpartum suicide as the new mother may choose not to take it. More awareness needs to be done about how serious the feelings of new mothers are and how normal it is to feel them. If you or anyone else you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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