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Iowa's Perinatal Depression Project


  About baby blues

  About postpartum depression

  About postpartum psychosis

  What causes perintal depression
   and who is at risk?

  What help is available?  

  Facts & myths

  Resources for children

  Downloadable materials

  Additional resources


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Perinatal depression is more than the baby blues.
It is a term used for depression during or after pregnancy. Having a baby can be one of the biggest and happiest events in a woman's life. While life with a new baby can be thrilling and rewarding, it can also be a difficult and stressful time.

Everyone has feelings of depression from time to time. When they occur during or after pregnancy and last for several days or weeks, this could be a sign of a more serious problem. The good news is... it is treatable and help is available.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing perinatal depression or if you would like more information, contact the Healthy Families Line at 1-800-369-2229.

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Funding for this project was provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.