Postpartum Depression

It’s common for new mothers to have the "baby blues," occasional feelings of sadness or anxiety in the days following delivery.

But if you continue to feel down after a couple of weeks, you may be suffering from perinatal postpartum depression (PPD). This common, treatable condition affects many new mothers—and help is available at Cedars-Sinai.

Check the Symptoms

Do you have any of the following signs and symptoms? If so, you may be experiencing perinatal postpartum depression. Please consult your doctor for evaluation and treatment.

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Severe mood swings
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Panic attacks, nervousness and anxiety
  • Excessive worry about your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Fear that you can’t take care of your baby
  • Feelings of guilt and inadequacy
  • Difficulty accepting motherhood
  • Feeling disconnected

Get Help
If you're experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, seek help immediately from your partner, family or a close friend, and call 911.

For more information about screenings and treatment for postpartum depression, visit www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org. You can also find a directory of maternal mental-health resources in Los Angeles County at http://directory.maternalmentalhealthnow.org.

For non-emergency care call your obstetrician, primary care doctor or call Postpartum Support Intl. 1-800-944-4773www.postpartum.net for referrals and support near you.

Young mother looking sad holding baby

Post-Childbirth Screening and Treatment

While you're recovering from childbirth at Cedars-Sinai, your nurse can evaluate you for signs of moderate to severe depression. The Postpartum Depression Screening Program offers referrals for a variety of treatments, including talk therapy, support groups, medication and lifestyle changes.
Clinical Trials

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai are studying how mental health screening and evaluation can help reduce women's risk of postpartum depression. Learn more about the latest obstetrics clinical trials and research programs.