Dealing with Postpartum Depression
This is a beautiful, wondrous time of your life. But it’s also incredibly difficult. Unbelievably stressful. It can certainly take its toll.
Most mothers experience some form of the ‘Baby Blues’. However, 1 in 10 mothers also experience a debilitating, longer-term illness which medicine calls ‘Postpartum Depression’.
Some of you might have been motivated to learn the Dunstan Baby Language because of some difficulties you are going through. And yes, our research studies have found that stress in the home is reduced considerably, once Dunstan Baby Language has been put into practice.
But sometimes that isn’t enough.
The exact cause of Postpartum Depression is not known. But if you are experiencing a bit of a downturn – you must understand that it’s not your fault.
Some women are simply more susceptible than others.
We are teaching you to be aware of what your baby is going through, and we urge you to be also in tune with what you are going through as well.
Major risk factors for postpartum depression
- A history of depression or anxiety.
- A family member diagnosed with depression or other mental illness.
- Stressful events surrounding pregnancy (e.g. domestic violence, illness, death of a loved one).
- Mixed feelings about pregnancy.
- Substance abuse.
But the truth is, it can happen to anyone even if you don’t have these risk factors.
Post-partum depression is characterised by low self-esteem and a lack of confidence in the ability to ‘parent’. Stress, physical and emotional, is also believed to contribute to the condition.
Sufferers often don’t seek help
The experience of parenting is so overwhelming for them that either they believe they don’t have the time, or they feel guilty about putting a focus on themselves when they believe their newborn deserves all the attention.
Amongst the worst manifestation of Postpartum Depression is the neglect or abuse of infants. In very rare cases when it is not dealt with promptly, it can also lead to ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ – a violent attack on the infant, usually to stop the baby from crying.
The message here is that whilst we are teaching you to be aware of what your baby is going through, we urge you to be also in tune with what you are going through as well.
Your health is linked to your baby’s health
Independent research has demonstrated that mothers who use Dunstan Baby Language have higher self-esteem and greater confidence in their ability to care for their baby, which has a very positive effect on all relationships in the home, including the marital relationship.
But as great as we know the Dunstan Baby Language is, this might not be enough.
If you need help, please talk to your family doctor. They will be able to point you toward local resources that can get you the assistance you need.
Your baby needs a healthy mother. Make sure you give it to her.
Dunstan Baby Language has fans in the parenting experts at Brown University.
“The Dunstan System has the potential to make highly significant contributions in two areas. The first is scientific….this would be considered a revolutionary scientific discovery that would literally change the way we think about infants. It would force a paradigm shift…we are very enthusiastic about the Dunstan potential”
~ Professor Barry Lester PhD., August 2004, Brown University, US.
We believe that the Dunstan Baby Language has the potential to have a significant, positive impact on families and communities around the world.
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