Where to Seek Care

“You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well”

Reach out and connect, postpartum mood and anxiety is treatable. If 2 weeks go by and anxiety and depression persist or symptoms become severe in pregnancy or days after birth, contact your doctor. There are effective and well researched treatments.  

If you witness troublesome physical or emotional changes, talk to a healthcare provider. 
Do not leave the new mother alone until a healthcare professional says it is ok.

If you need immediate assistance:
  • Call your doctor
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency department 
  • Call The Phone (crisis line) at 225-924-3900

Support Groups

Self-Care

This is not your fault. Below are some actions you can take that might help relieve symptoms:
  • Nurture yourself with healthy food, rest and time for yourself, and mild exercise
  • Seek advice/help: 
    • Talk to a counselor or healthcare provider
    • Join a support group in your area or online 
  • Develop a support system, such as a mother’s group, exercise class, neighbors, friends, or family members
  • Talk to at least one adult daily about how you are doing (not just the baby)
  • Recognize positive feelings when they happen
  • Remember your sense of humor
  • Allow negative feelings to be expressed
  • Take at least 10 minutes of quiet time for yourself daily

When Self-Care Is Not Enough

  • If things seem to be getting worse despite your efforts, don’t wait to get help. Seek help right away from your doctor.
  • Your physician may suggest a physical check-up, medication or psychotherapy with a professional who is trained to help you. 
  • Many new mothers put off calling the doctor because they feel guilty, or don’t want to be seen as “crazy.” Rest assures, your obstetrician has seen many other women in the same situation and will help you to feel better. 

How Fathers & Support Persons Help

  • Encourage her to talk about feelings and listen without judgment
  • Offer simple affection and physical comfort
  • Provided emotional support and reassurance
  • Be sure that nutritious food is available
  • Get help with household chores
  • Take care of the baby so that she can get some sleep
  • Remember to ask for help and support for yourself too

Additional Online Resources