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Women can experience depression and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. By learning to recognize and understand Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD), women can seek support from their family and friends and get medical help.

Learn about PMD

Nancy's Story

  Nancy Sanchez  

Nancy is a single mother who had a difficult pregnancy. After her daughter was born, she battled postpartum depression on her own for months before finally seeking help.

Watch her story.



When should a doctor be consulted?

A woman should seek professional advice if she is at all concerned. She should not feel ashamed or fearful about talking to her healthcare provider. She can be assured that many women have similar experiences and that she it not to blame.

Perinatal mood disorders are treatable. Medicines, talk therapies and support groups are effective and available. The type of treatment depends on the severity of the condition.

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Supporters' Corner

Partners can play an active role in helping the new mother recover.

Find a support group in your area or find a therapist who is qualified to deal with perinatal mood disorders. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services provides a list of support groups throughout the state.

Don't miss the stories of men who have helped their wives recover from PPD. Ron provided the emotional support that helped his wife during her struggle with PPD in the months after their daughter's birth.


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