Tips for Partners of Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Tips for Partners of Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Jenine Lemons, LPC, NCC Interim Director of Behavioral Health at LBU

 

Welcoming a newborn into the world is often described as a joyous and miraculous experience. However, the reality is that not all mothers feel an immediate rush of happiness and contentment. Postpartum depression (PPD) can cast a shadow over what should be a blissful time, affecting countless women and their families. As a partner, witnessing the person you love go through this challenging period can be overwhelming and confusing. You may find yourself grappling with how best to support your partner while also managing your own emotions.

From recognizing the signs of postpartum depression to fostering open communication, we will explore a range of tips designed to help you better understand and assist your partner during this difficult time. Remember, you are not alone on this journey. Together, we can navigate the challenges of postpartum depression and work towards building a brighter, healthier future for both you and your partner.

So, if you are ready to embark on this compassionate voyage alongside your partner, let's dive in and discover the essential tips for partners of mothers with postpartum depression.

 

  • Take time to recognize and validate your own feelings. You are also navigating grief during this time. It can be helpful to speak with a mental health professional and/or supportive friends.
  • Educate yourself about postpartum depression: Understanding what postpartum depression is and how it affects your partner can help you better support them.
  • Be patient and understanding: Remember that postpartum depression is not a sign of weakness or a lack of love for the baby, it is an illness. So be patient, understanding, and supportive.
  • Help with household tasks and childcare: Offer to take on extra responsibilities around the house, such as cooking, cleaning, and caring for the baby, so that your partner can rest and take care of themselves.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help: If your partner is showing signs of postpartum depression, encourage them to speak with their healthcare provider or a mental health professional. Offer to go with them to appointments and be their advocate.
  • Provide care for yourself too: Being a caregiver can be emotionally and physically taxing, so make sure to take care of yourself as well. Reach out to friends and family for support, and don't be afraid to seek help if you need it.
  • Stay connected: Make time to spend together, try to maintain intimacy, emotional support and stay connected.
  • Be mindful of your approach and words: Avoid being critical or dismissive of your partner's feelings and be mindful of your approach and words when trying to help.

For more information about postpartum care, please make an appointment by calling 214) 540-0300.

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