Postpartum depression is defined as depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.

Click the links below to read more about each type of mood disorder associated with pregnancy and postpartum. For a printable information sheet on Postpartum Depression, please click here.

About 80% of mothers will experience the Baby Blues about 3-4 days after giving birth. This can be due to changes in hormones, sleep deprivation, and fatigue. Symptoms include crying spells, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sadness, anxiousness, and frustration. These symptoms usually stop within 2 weeks. If the symptoms are more severe, last longer, or include thoughts of suicide then you may be experiencing Postpartum Depression.