3.6 million babies were born in 2020. Up to 4 in 5 new parents (80%) have “baby blues”—feelings of sadness that come and go within a few days after a baby is born. Although this is a very exciting time for many, becoming a parent is a huge shift in almost all areas of life, and the “baby blues” don’t discriminate between race, age, income, culture, or education level. Having a baby and the changes that come with it is one of the great levelers in our society. These statistics show that welcoming new parents into this “club” of crying, late nights, early mornings, and changing poopy diapers is a must—to let them know that they are not alone, despite how overwhelmingly isolating it can feel.
As providers, we have a duty to help support, encourage, and cheer as new parents take this role and keep on keepin’ on. We have an important part in helping stop the stigma of shame that can envelop parents as they “should’ve known what to expect.” Join us as we talk about the changes, both physically and biologically, that contribute to the baby blues, postpartum mood disorders, and other mental health concerns during this stage, the pressure new parents, especially moms, endure, and how we can welcome new parents into this part of life without heaping on the “shoulds”.