Postpartum depression (PPD) is classified as a mental disorder. It is a type of depression that affects women during childbirth, but may also appear during pregnancy, or even a few months after the birth. Studies indicate that the postpartum depression affects 10-15% of women giving birth. This means that each year over 50 thousand Polish mothers suffer from PPD.
The Postpartum Depression project that is currently being prepared by Wemenders Foundation aims to increase awareness of postpartum depression among women and their families - its diagnosis and treatment. The project is targeted to women who suspect or suffer from postpartum depression and their loved ones.
Aims of the project are:
- raise awareness of women and their families on the issue of postpartum depression, which is still taboo in Poland,
- real help to women suffering from postpartum depression,
- help their relatives,
- to enable a preliminary diagnosis on the occurrence of postpartum depression
- dissemination of knowledge about postpartum depression
- build a community of self-help
Within the project we propose the following actions:
- diagnosing test for postpartum depression with a comprehensive report - for women and their loved ones - available online on the Wemenders.com portal
- guidebook for women and their families with detailed descriptions of the symptoms and how to recognize them, as well as descriptions of treatments and advice psychotherapists
- workshops for women and their loved ones - regular meetings discussing practical exercises to improve the condition of postpartum depression
- support group for women - closed self-help group run by therapist
- lectures of specialists in antenatal classes