An estimated 1 out of 6 women will experience postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A) following the birth or adoption of a new baby. When we think about treatment for postpartum depression/anxiety, psychotherapy or medication often come to mind. It's true, both of these interventions have been proven to be quite effective for recovery. What is not often mentioned is the essential role that a partner plays in supporting their spouse through this difficult time. In this video created by Toronto Public Health, women and their partners discuss how the support and understanding of partners is crucial for reducing isolation and promoting self-care.
*It should also be noted that men can also experience postpartum depression/anxiety. Often not talked about but needing similar attention, this video will also touch upon this particular topic.
How has your partner supported you either through PPD/A or the postpartum adjustment period?
Lindsay Ross, MSW RSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Toronto, Ontario.