Stephanie Rochester of Superior, Colorado has been accused of killing her 6-month-old baby boy as a result of postpartum depression. Her story is upsetting and for many Colorado parents it’s impossible to understand but postpartum depression affects 15% of mothers, unfortunately.
Depression occurs due to a chemical or hormonal imbalance. After pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels increase and thyroid levels may drop and cause depression.
Having the “baby blues” is normal after childbirth though. This includes mood swings, feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed, crying, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. Parents in Colorado experience postpartum blues from a few days to a week after birth.
Postpartum depression in Denver is more severe because the mother experiences thoughts of hurting the baby, herself or may lose interest in the baby. It is important to seek medical help if you notice yourself or anyone else experiencing these symptoms.
Postpartum psychosis is the most rare and affects about 1 to 4 mothers out of every 1,000 births. The psychosis symptoms include seeing things that aren’t there, feeling confused, having rapid mood swings and trying to hurt yourself or your baby. Rochester most likely had postpartum psychosis in Superior, Colorado.
For mothers and friends who notice mothers experiencing symptoms of postpartum psychosis need to seek medical attention in Denver immediately. Women may feel shame and embarrassment and not express these feelings towards anyone else.
Seeking help from a support group in Colorado, making time for yourself and talking to others about how you are feeling are very important for overcoming postpartum depression for Colorado mothers.