In The Eden Center’s course for mikveh attendant we teach about postpartum depression. Dr. Efrat Orlion, a clincal soc ial worker with a specialty in postpartum depression, came to teach in the program, and shared this story — which she had heard from one of her patients:
When I decided to come to you for treatment, I suddenly realized that my biggest fear was that you would ask me “What brings you to me?” “What’s the problem?” … I suddenly realized I had nothing to say. What could I say??
I’d say “I gave birth to a sweet, calm baby. Everything went well. I wanted this pregnancy, I have a wonderful husband, I’m a healthy mother, with a healthy baby, I’ve got “all God’s blessings”.
What would I tell you??
That my parents hosted us for a whole month [after the birth] and did everything for me, laundry, cooking, everything I needed and more. And … and …
That despite all that, I feel like the sky has fallen. [Read more…]