Define postpartum depression, and describe some of its causes. What might be done to successfully cope with it?
The sadness and inadequacy felt by some new mothers in the days and weeks after giving birth. Some causes of depression predate the pregnancy, others occur during the pregnancy, and still others arise from coping with a newborn who has health, feeding, or sleeping difficulties. Birth itself, with its accompanying anesthesia, changing hormones, and pain can precipitate depression. No matter what the cause, someone must help new parents adjust.