Where to Start
We Get It
Hear us when we say that you must take care of your health first to provide the best for your baby. The selfless, healthiest decision is to put Mom first.
WE HAVE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE AND UNDERSTAND THE DESPERATION AND FEAR YOU FEEL.
You have not failed and you are not alone. There is another side to this where you love yourself, love your baby, and love your life – let us help you get there.
There is no one treatment plan that works for all mothers – the following are key elements to consider and try.
Seek Professional Help
Talk to your doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a counselor who is familiar with maternal mental illness and who has experience treating these illnesses.
You can start with our Resources page for local healthcare providers who specialize and have experience in this area.
If you’re still not ready to reach out, consider a screening tool for an objective perspective. We recommend the Edinburgh Screening Tool to help you assess whether you are experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.
Find Your Community
Find a support group to serve as your safe space and help you through this emotional time. Support groups can offer you the information and resources you need while connecting you with fellow mothers experiencing the same feelings and issues you are. Together we are stronger and they say it takes a village.
Postpartum Support Charleston hosts a peer-led support group for Charleston women and their families. Check out our online and in-person Support Groups for details and to join our next get-together.
Antidepressants may be prescribed by your doctor to help treat postpartum depression. Taking these medications does not make you weak or a failure and can significantly reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.
A few things to keep in mind if you are considering medication. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms persist after taking your medication for two weeks or if new symptoms develop. You may simply need a change in your dosage or in the type of antidepressant you are taking.
Do not give up if the first medication you are given does not work for you. Everyone is different and the next one prescribed might be the one that works best for you.
If you have any concerns about taking an antidepressant, please discuss them with your doctor. There are medications you can take safely while you breastfeed or even if you are pregnant. Your doctor will be able to give you the information you need to make a decision that is right for you.
If, however, you do not feel comfortable with the information you are receiving, you can and should seek a second opinion.
From One of Our Moms
"Postpartum Support Charleston has helped me to feel less alone. I just got paired with a wonderful mom mentor and I've 'met' a few new friends and I'm hopeful I'll meet more. I'm so grateful this is an available resource, I would not have had it available where we moved from. Just knowing I'm not alone in my thoughts is great but having others to talk to is amazing. Even just the posts on Facebook of the little reminders that we matter are a big help. Thank you so much."