Woman shares her post partum depression experience - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/2/10

Woman shares her post partum depression experience

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Alicia Cooley is the mother of two and it would seem that she has the perfect life, but now that she has recovered from post partum depression, she wants to share some insight, hoping other moms will identify the signs and get help if they need it.

Cooley says she first noticed a problem when her second baby was placed in her arms and she felt nothing. "I thought over the next day or two I'll really bond with her. I didn't. I would hold her, and look at her and change her diaper and I just felt hollow," she said. "You can't escape your brain and the negative thoughts and the terrible guilt that you have just doesn't go away."

The Postpartum Depression Foundation says every year, at least 400,000 women will suffer from that after a pregnancy and that suicide is the leading cause of death for women during the first year after childbirth.  The foundation says 80% of women go through the baby blues after childbirth, but if the sadness doesn't go away in a few weeks, the new mom needs to speak up and tell her doctor.

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