Postpartum Support in Miami

In addition to co-leading the Footsteps support group at Magnolia Birth House, I completed a course sponsored by Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom that ran through the fall and winter. The course is fantastic as it teaches the professional about various perinatal issues including:

  • How to diagnose and treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • The impact on fathers and how fathers can also suffer from depression and anxiety
  • The interplay of other mental health issues and substance abuse
  • The importance of social support
  • The role of culture

The most important thing I have learned is how prevalent these problems are in new mothers. Postpartum Support International (PSI) estimates that 1 in 7 women suffer from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression manifests differently depending on the individual but common symptoms include (as cited by PSI):

  • Sadness and depression
  • Feeling more irritable or angry with those around you
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Feeling anxious or panicky
  • Problems with eating or sleeping
  • Upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind
  • Worrying obsessively over your baby’s safety
  • Feeling as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”
  • Feeling guilty or like you never should have become a mother

If you are having any of these feelings, it is important that you remember that you are not alone and help is available. At my North Miami and Coral Gables offices, I offer:

  • Postpartum Depression Screenings
  • Individual counseling
  • Parenting guidance

Make an appointment by calling me at (954)465-1633

-Dr. Valdes


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