Postnatal depression and loneliness advice

Parenting Consultant Barbara Olinger, MSW, shares advice for new mothers on how to best deal with the postnatal feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation that are common, and why it's important to know you are not alone
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Postnatal depression and loneliness advice

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Being at home with your newborn can be very difficult. The myth is is that all new parents are feeling happy and fulfilled. That’s true for some mothers. But other mothers who don’t feel that way can feel an added sense of failure and a sense of needing to keep those feelings secret. The first few weeks or few months of having a baby can be very challenging. Your whole world has changed. There’s anxiety about how to take care of the baby. And there’s often social isolation. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to join a group of mothers, whether it’s an existing group, or going to the park and having a consistent time to meet. Another thing is to have your partner or another adult care of your baby, for even a half an hour if you feel comfortable, so you can do something for yourself. Meeting your individual needs can really help you be there for your baby. If you feel like you have postpartum depression, or really are struggling to get through daily routines, you might need to seek professional help. But remember, there are a lot of other mothers that are feeling the same way you are. Parenting is a huge job and we all need support.

Parenting Consultant Barbara Olinger, MSW, shares advice for new mothers on how to best deal with the postnatal feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation that are common, and why it's important to know you are not alone

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Barbara Olinger, MSW

Parenting Consultant

Barbara Olinger has her master's degree in social work and has been working with children and families in both therapeutic and educational settings for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and has a private practice focusing on parenting education and teacher training.  She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting, now on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child. She has two sons, ages 23 and 20 years old.  

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