I got to work with a family personally, so this article is based off my observations while studying that family.
First when it comes to postpartum depression, the Canadian Mental Health Association indicates that it is extremely natural for mothers to experience mood swings in the first two weeks of the postpartum period, as their hormones are readjusting, this is known as “baby blues”. However, up to 20% of women experience these feelings continuing and lasting much longer than they should. Almost every part of a woman’s life will be affected while experiencing PPD, including their emotions, physical well-being and relationships with others. Now, the actual cause of this illness is unknown. However, it is clear that a woman who has had previous episodes of depression is more likely to experience PPD. Other risk factors include, obstetric complications, difficult or lack of relationships, and stressful events in the antenatal, labour and delivery or postpartum time (2013). The mother in my family has both experienced depression in the past and is undergoing an extreme shift in roles, which has the potential to cause great stress to their family unit.