Postpartum depression is a serious condition that often remains hidden from view. Research in Brazil found that over a quarter of mothers suffer with this problem and in many cases don’t get the support they need.
CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reports.
Study finds quarter of Brazilian moms suffer from postpartum depressionResearch in Brazil found that over a quarter of mothers suffer with this problem and in many cases don’t get the support they need. CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reports.
The arrival of a baby is usually seen as reason for much joy in the family, but this can also be a tough period for many mothers.
According to a 2012 Brazil National research study, about one in four mothers, which is 26.3 percent, suffer some degree of postpartum depression.
The study found certain factors appeared to increase risk of postpartum depression, including low income, having more than one child, an unplanned pregnancy. and a history of mental illness.
In this São Paulo psychology clinic, a group of new mothers meet every week for support each other on the task of getting used to their new lives.
Health care professionals say postpartum depression is partly caused by hormonal changes that occur after childbirth.
But stress from the demands of baby care, and the lack of support for new mothers, can combine to transform a normal case of ‘baby-blues’ into a mental illness.