Speak Up When You’re Down

SPEAK UP WHEN YOU’RE DOWN

6 THINGS
EVERY NEW MOM & MOM-TO-BE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PERINATAL DEPRESSION

 

1.  Perinatal depression is common.

It is, in fact, the number one complication of pregnancy.  In the US, 15% to 20% of new moms, or about 1 million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and some studies suggest that number may be even higher.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Perinatal depression can affect any woman regardless of age, income, culture or education.

2.  You may experience some of these symptoms

  • Feelings of sadness.
  • Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy.
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
  • Panic attacks, nervousness, and anxiety.
  • Excessive worry about your baby.
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.
  • Fearing that you can’t take care of your baby.
  • Feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
  • Difficulty accepting motherhood.
  • Irrational thinking; seeing or hearing things that are not there.

Some of the ways women describe their feelings include:
I want to cry all the time.
I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster.
I will never feel like myself again.
I don’t think my baby likes me.
Everything feels like an effort.

3.  Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy, and up to the child’s first year.

Baby blues, a normal adjustment period after birth, usually lasts from 2 to 3 weeks.  If you have any of the listed symptoms, they have stayed the same or gotten worse, and you’re 5 to 6 weeks postpartum, then you are no longer experiencing baby blues, and may have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

4.  You did nothing to cause this.

You are not a weak or bad person.  You have a common, treatable illness.  Research shows there are a variety of risk factors that may impact how you are feeling, including your medical history, how your body processes certain hormones, the level of stress you are experiencing, and how much help you have with your baby.  What we do know is, THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT.

5.  The sooner you get treatment, the better.

Recent studies show that your baby’s well-being and development are directly tied to your physical and emotional health.  You deserve to be healthy, and your baby needs a healthy mom in order to thrive.  Don’t wait to reach out for HELP.  It is available.

6.  There is help for you.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs help.  NOW is the time to reach out to a caring professional, who is knowledgeable about perinatal depression, and who can help you through this time of crisis.  He or she can understand the pain you are experiencing and guide you on the road to recovery.  Contact Postpartum Support International, 1.800.944.4773 or www.postpartum.net, for referrals and support near you.


LOS ANGELES COUNTY PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org

For referrals and resources, call 211 or 1.800.944.4773 | www.postpartum.net
or contact your healthcare provider


Adapted from Postpartum Progress, www.postpartumprogress.com
Printing generously provided by the Los Angeles Community Child Abuse Councils.


Fathers Awareness Day at 117th St. WIC

WHO:             Kiran Saluja, PHFE WIC Executive Director
Mark Jones ll, RD and WIC Supervisor
Carlos Tejada, Professor
Robbie Williams, LT. Hawthorne Police Department
Donald Williams III, Executive Director D.A.D Project
Robert Pullen-Miles, District Director, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, 62nd District
Michael Wright, recognized as WIC Dad

WHAT:            Fathers Awareness Day at WIC

WHEN:            Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:         4455 W. 117th St. Hawthorne, CA 90250

WHY:              Research shows that children and families do better when fathers are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increased self-esteem and improved relationships with peers, while parents feel less stress when they support each other and co-parent. The PHFE-WIC program is committed to creating a “male- friendly” environment by including men and fathers in all aspects of WIC participation.  All male caregivers are invited to attend nutrition education classes, included in nutrition counseling sessions, provided with referrals to local community agencies and given healthy and nutritious WIC foods in order to empower them to take an active role in the lives of their children and families. We also connect them with additional resources such as Cal Fresh, Head Start program, dental services and more.

Because of the noticeable fathers increased participation in the WIC Program, we are actively seeking ways to meet the unique needs of the fathers and father figures accessing our services.  In observance of Father’s Day month, all fathers and male caregivers of children under the age of five are welcomed and encouraged to enroll and bring their children to WIC appointments.

PARKING NOTE:  Parking will be available in the parking lot off of 116th Street, and street parking is available on 116th Street, 117th Street, and Grevillea Ave.

About PHFE WIC:  WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.  PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving over 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  Currently, over two-thirds of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services.

About Heluna Health: Heluna Health is a national leader in providing program and support services to optimize population health.  The agency offers a full range of program development, personnel, financial and grant management support to researchers, consortia, government agencies and nonprofits.  Visit www.helunahealth.org.

Fathers Awareness Day at Washington WIC

WHO:              Kiran Saluja, PHFE WIC Executive Director
Jorge Bazan Brito, RD and WIC Supervisor
Alex Alpharaoh, award-winning stage and film actor, writer, director, producer and spoken-word performer TBC
Jimmy Gomez, Congressman, 34th District
WIC father to be recognized with a certificate

WHAT:            Fathers Awareness Day at WIC

WHEN:            Friday, June 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:         1637 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90006

WHY:              Research shows that children and families do better when fathers are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increased self-esteem and improved relationships with peers, while parents feel less stress when they support each other and co-parent. The PHFE-WIC program is committed to creating a “male- friendly” environment by including men and fathers in all aspects of WIC participation.  All male caregivers are invited to attend nutrition education classes, included in nutrition counseling sessions, provided with referrals to local community agencies and given healthy and nutritious WIC foods in order to empower them to take an active role in the lives of their children and families. We also connect them with additional resources such as Cal Fresh, Head Start program, dental services and more.

Because of the noticeable fathers increased participation in the WIC Program, we are actively seeking ways to meet the unique needs of the fathers and father figures accessing our services.  In observance of Father’s Day month, all fathers and male caregivers of children under the age of five are welcomed and encouraged to enroll and bring their children to WIC appointments.

PARKING NOTE:  Parking will be available on Berendo Street and Washington Blvd.

About PHFE WIC:  WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.  PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving over 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  Currently, over two-thirds of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services.

About Heluna Health: Heluna Health is a national leader in providing program and support services to optimize population health.  The agency offers a full range of program development, personnel, financial and grant management support to researchers, consortia, government agencies and nonprofits.  Visit www.helunahealth.org.