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BABY TALK- is a great drop-in group PARENT TALK- held at The Boys &
any actions based upon this infor-
for babies and parents. These informa- Girls Club (same address as above) MOM & TOTS-every Wednesday at the
mation. This newsletter may con-
tion sessions are a great way to learn every Friday from 9:30-11am, a talk on Trinity Baptist Church on Springfield
tain links to websites that are
about baby care and also to meet other a different topic each week. It includes from 9:15-11:00. It's totally casual, just
created and maintained by other
new moms and their babies. These ses- free childminding, coffee, muffins and a drop in whenever, play, leave whenever organizations. We do not neces-
sions are all free. yogurt. you want. There are TONS of toys and sarily endorse the views expressed
things to play with and really nice for on these websites, nor do we
Rutland Health Center: on Gray Rd STROLLER SIZE-If you are interested those that have another child because guarantee the accuracy or com-
every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 in really working off those post-baby there are lots of toddler ride pleteness of any information pre-
pounds, check out Kasie's group Stroller on/climb on things and mats and stuff. sented there.
Kelowna Health Center: on Ellis St. Size! She runs stollersize classes in There is no fee and no registration or
every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30pm
Mission Creek Park every Monday and anything -- just show up!!
Westbank Health Center : (sorry, Thursday for $10 per class. For more
don't know where this one is located) info, you can contact Kasie at 859-2431. BABY SONG & RHYME- is held every
every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30.
SPLASH TIME- is held at the Y in
Friday from 10:15 - 10:45am at the
downtown library on Ellis St. This is a
BREASTFEEDING CLINIC- for those Rutland every Tuesday, Thursday, and fun interactive half hour to spend with
breastfeeding moms out there, the Friday from 11am-12, and is lots of fun your baby and connect with other moms. have saved
Rutland Health Center offers a drop-in if your little one enjoys the water. For Be prepared to get these songs stuck in
Breastfeeding clinic every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 9am-12pm.
ages 6 months to 5 years. your head for the next week after
attending! Baby song and rhyme time is
The nurses are fantastic at the clinic, MOMMY MOVIE-every Wednesday at also at the Rutland Library every Tues-
and will help you with latch issues, low 12:30pm at the Grand 10 theatre. Ad- day from 10:15-10:45, and in the Mis- 3000
milk supply, and any other breastfeed- mission is $5 per adult - babies are sion at the CNC on Mondays from 10:15-
ing issues. Again, this is a free service. free. 10:45.
PARENT & TOT GYM TIME-held at
The Boys and Girls Club, located at
Mommy Movies now at the Capitol Thea-
tre in Westbank (West Kelowna). Start-
Fun n Run Drop In Thursdays from 9-
11am—FREE drop in for parents and the landfill
1434 Graham St (off of Bernard Ave) ing at 12:00 noon and admission is $5.00 their toddlers & preschoolers at the
every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-
11:30am. It is a gym full of toys for the
for each adult. Like the Grand 10’s Salvation Army on Sutherland. A chance in February!
program, it is geared to allow parents of for parents to connect, have coffee, let
little ones, snack is provided with a young children to have a better chance the kids play. www.funnrun.comyr.com or
circle time at the end. to see movies. Each week’s feature will call 250 860 2329 for further details.
be posted at www.westbankmovies.com.
POST PARTUM DEPRESSION
The truth is...if they told you how hard motherhood was going to be….you probably wouldn’t do it! You’re not alone!
Whether you're becoming a mom for the first baby blues run their course and pass. Women who have battled depression at another
time or the fourth, the days and weeks time in their lives or have one or more relatives
immediately following your baby's birth can be as When to Call the Doctor who have had depression might have a genetic
overwhelming as they are joyful and exciting. If baby blues linger longer than a week or two, tendency to develop postpartum depression.
Many women experience major mood shifts after talk to your doctor to discuss whether Most postpartum depression is thought to be
childbirth, ranging from brief, mild baby blues to postpartum depression may be the cause of your related to fluctuating hormone levels that affect
longer-lasting, deeper clinical depression, which emotional lows. mood and energy. Levels of estrogen and proges-
is known as postpartum depression. terone that have increased during pregnancy
Feelings of sadness and depression are more Postpartum Depression drop suddenly after delivery. In some cases a
common after childbirth than many people may For some women, the feelings of sadness or woman's thyroid hormone may decrease, too.
realize. It's important for new mothers — and exhaustion run deeper and last longer than baby These rapid hormone shifts affect the brain's
those who love them — to understand the blues. About 10% of new mothers experience mood chemistry in a way that can lead to
symptoms of postpartum depression and to reach postpartum depression, which is a true clinical sadness, low mood, and depression that lingers.
out to family, friends, and medical professionals depression triggered by childbirth. Stress hormones may have an added effect on
for help. Postpartum depression usually begins 2 to 3 mood. Some women may experience this more
With the proper support and treatment, mothers weeks after giving birth, but can start any time than others.
who are experiencing any degree of postpartum during the first few days, weeks, or months
depression can go on to be healthy, happy post-delivery. When to Call the Doctor
parents. A woman with postpartum depression may feel If feelings of sadness or depression are strong,
sad, tearful, despairing, discouraged, hopeless, if they linger throughout most of the day for
Baby Blues worthless, or alone. She also may: days in a row, or if they last longer that a week
Up to 80% of women experience something called or two, talk to your doctor. A new mother who
have trouble concentrating or completing
the baby blues, feelings of sadness and feels like giving up, who feels that life is
emotional surges that begin in the first days not worth living, or who has suicidal
after childbirth. With the baby blues, a woman lose her thoughts or feelings needs to tell her
might feel happy one minute and tearful or appetite or not doctor right away.
overwhelmed the next. She might feel sad, blue, feel interested Postpartum depression can last for
irritable, discouraged, unhappy, tired, or moody. in food several months or even longer if it goes
Baby blues usually last only a few days — but can feel untreated. With proper treatment, a
linger as long as a week or two. indifferent to woman can feel like herself again.
her baby or not Treatment may include talk therapy,
Why It Happens feel attached medication, or both. In addition, proper
These emotional surges are believed to be a or bonded diet, exercise, rest, and social support
natural effect of the hormone shifts that occur can be very helpful. Some women find
with pregnancy and childbirth. Levels of estrogen
yoga to be beneficial. Some research
and progesterone that have increased during suggests that expressing thoughts and
by her situation
pregnancy drop suddenly after delivery, and this emotions through certain writing
and feel that
can affect mood. These female hormones return techniques can help relieve symptoms of
there is no
to their pre-pregnancy levels within a week or so. depression.
hope of things
As hormone levels normalize again, baby blues It may take several weeks for a woman
usually resolve on their own without medical to begin to feel better once she is being
feel like she is
treatment. treated for depression, though some
women begin to feel better sooner. Ask
What to Do your doctor about how soon to expect
motions of her
Getting proper rest, nutrition, and support are improvements and ways to take care of
quite important — since being exhausted or sleep yourself in the meantime.
being able to
deprived or feeling stressed can reinforce and
fuel feelings of sadness and depression. Postpartum Psychosis
To cope with baby blues, new moms should try to A more serious and rare condition is
pleased, or joyful about anything
accept help in the first days and weeks after postpartum psychosis. It affects about 1 in
Feelings and thoughts like these are painful for a
labour and delivery. Let family and friends help 1,000 women who give birth and occurs within the
woman to experience — especially during a time
with errands, food shopping, household chores, or first month after labour and delivery. It may
that is idealized as being full of happiness. Many
child care. Let someone prepare a meal or watch include hallucinations, such as hearing voices or
women are reluctant to tell someone when they
the baby while you relax with a shower, bath, or seeing things, or feelings of paranoia.
feel this way. But postpartum depression is a
a nap. With postpartum psychosis, a woman can have
medical condition that requires attention and
Get plenty of rest and eat nutritious foods. irrational ideas about her baby — such as that
Talking to people close to you, or to other new the baby is possessed or that she has to hurt
mothers, can help you feel supported and remind herself or her child. This condition can be
Why It Happens
you that you're not alone. You don't have to extremely serious and disabling, and new mothers
Postpartum depression can affect any woman —
stifle the tears if you feel the need to cry a bit who are experiencing these symptoms need
but some may be more at risk for developing it.
— but try not to dwell on sad thoughts. Let the medical attention right away.
Why It Happens mental health professional. Sometimes a woman
Women who have other psychiatric illnesses, Getting Help and Helping Yourself is reluctant to seek help or may not recognize
such as bipolar disorder or schizoaffective Tell your doctor if you're having trouble with her own symptoms right away.
disorder, may be at greater risk of developing postpartum moods, thoughts, or feelings. Let Consider giving the new mom some information on
postpartum psychosis. someone else you trust know, too. This might be postpartum depression, and offer to read
your partner, a friend, or a family member. This through it together. You might offer to make an
When to Call the Doctor is a time to reach out and accept help and appointment for her and go with her if she wants.
Postpartum psychosis requires immediate medical support from people close to you. Once she's receiving the care she needs,
attention and, often, a brief hospitalization. If In addition to getting treatment for postpartum support, love, and friendship are good medicine,
you or someone you know is experiencing depression, small things you do can make it easier too. Here are a few things that you can continue
symptoms, don't delay getting medical attention. to get through a difficult time. You might find it do for her:
helpful to: Check in with her regularly to see how she's
Understanding the Changes After Childbirth
Take time for yourself. Schedule a baby- doing.
New mothers experience many layers of change
sitter for a regular time. This way you'll be sure
in the days and weeks immediately following la- Listen when she wants to talk.
to get time for yourself and know that it's com-
bour and delivery. In addition to the sudden drop
ing. Go for a walk with her (every day if
in estrogen and progesterone — which can affect possible!).
mood — there are other huge physical, emotional, Focus on little things to look forward to
and domestic changes that can affect how a new during the day. This might be a hot shower, Make her a nutritious meal (regularly!).
mom feels. relaxing bath, walk around the block, or visit with Give her some breaks from housework and
a friend. child care responsibilities.
Physical Changes Read something uplifting. Since depression Let her take a nap or a relaxing bath while
Pregnancy brings many physical changes, and may make it difficult to concentrate, choose you care for her baby.
labour and delivery are physically intense and something light and positive that can be read a
challenging. It takes time for the body to bit at a time.
Be patient, be kind.
recover, and a new mother might feel exhausted, Believe in her — and remind her of her true
emotionally drained, or uncomfortable after
Indulge in other simple pleasures. Page qualities and strengths.
through a magazine, listen to music you enjoy, sip
a cup of tea. Brighter Days Ahead
Personal and Emotional Changes Be with others. Create opportunities to Like all forms of depression, postpartum
A woman's role and responsibilities may change spend time with other adults, like family and depression creates a cloud of negative feelings
quite a bit when she becomes a new mother. It friends, who can provide some comfort and good and thoughts over a woman's view of herself,
can take time to adjust — even if she felt company. those around her, her situation, and the future.
prepared for the change. Some women may feel Under the cloud of depression, a woman might
Ask for help. Don't shy away from asking see herself as helpless or worthless. She might
isolated, worried, or scared.
for emotional support or help with caring for the view her situation as overwhelming or hopeless.
Some new mothers face added stresses related
baby or tackling household chores. Things might seem disappointing, uninteresting,
to difficult circumstances or lack of support.
Enduring a tough relationship, a Accept help. Accepting help doesn't make or without meaning. Keep in mind that the bleak
precarious financial situation, or some other you helpless — by reaching out you help yourself negative perspective is part of depression.
major life event at the same time — like a move and your baby. With the right treatment and support, the cloud
can be lifted. This can free a woman to feel like
or a job loss — can add stress. Rest. Give your child a quiet place to sleep,
herself again, to regain her perspective and
Pregnancy-related stress — such as difficulty and try to rest when the baby does.
conceiving or complications during pregnancy or sense of her own strength, her energy, her joy,
labour — can add to a new mom's feeling of being
Get moving. A daily walk can help lift mood. and her hope. With those things in place, it's
depleted. Sometimes (but not always) these (Check with your doctor before starting any new easier to work with changes, to see solutions to
stresses can pave the way for depression. exercise program.) life's challenges, and to enjoy life's pleasures
Be patient. Know that it may take time to again.
Changes in Routines and Responsibilities feel better and take one day at a time. Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
A newborn brings special demands on a mother's Date reviewed: May 2007
Be optimistic. Try to think of small things http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/
time, attention, and energy. For first-time
you're grateful for. ppd.html
mothers, there can be lots to learn about
meeting the baby's most basic needs, like Join a support group. Ask your doctor or
sleeping, feeding, bathing, and soothing. There women's center about resources in your LOCAL RESOURCES
are lots of new routines to establish. community. http://kelowna.cioc.ca/details.asp?
The baby's sleeping, waking, and feeding RSN=139&Number=12
schedules can make it hard for a new mom to get Helping Someone With Postpartum Depression
the sleep and rest required to help handle all If you're concerned that your partner or
these new stresses and responsibilities. And someone else you know is experiencing
without a good night's sleep, even small things postpartum depression, it's important to
can seem overwhelming. encourage her to talk to her doctor and to a
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