When mothers of twins experience postpartum depression

Joan Friedman, PhD Psychologist & Twin Expert, explains the reasons behind why mothers of twins may be more prone to postpartum depression
Are Mothers of Twins More Prone To Postpartum Depression
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When mothers of twins experience postpartum depression

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Some mothers of twins may be more prone to postpartum depression for a number of reasons. There's a phenomenon called, "the delayer boom," which relates to groups of college educated women, in their mid-30's, who have opted to delay having children. Women in their mid-30's are more likely to have twins or multiples because of hormonal shifts in their bodies, as well as, needing to resort to reproductive technologies. Because these women feel guilty about having delayed their decision, they may not feel comfortable articulating their feelings of disappointment and disillusionment about motherhood and about having twins. We need to help these women articulate these feelings. If these feelings go unexplored and unarticulated, depression can result.

Joan Friedman, PhD Psychologist & Twin Expert, explains the reasons behind why mothers of twins may be more prone to postpartum depression

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Joan Friedman, PhD

Psychologist & Twin Expert

Dr. Joan A. Friedman is a prominent and well-respected twin expert who shares her passionate views and insights about twins and their emotional needs with twins and their families throughout the world. The fact that she is an identical twin and the mother of five, including fraternal twin sons, makes her ideally suited to this task. Her commitment to twin research and her treatment of twins of all ages demonstrate the breadth and depth of her skills and experience. She conducts ongoing groups for parents of twins and provides consultation on twin related matters such as school placements, developmental discrepancies, and behavioral issues.

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