The article “Нow babywearing can help postpartum depression” was published on the Ergobaby blog. The author is Abby Burd. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist in San Diego, specializing in Maternal Mental Health.
Postpartum depression (PPD) also called postnatal depression, is one of the most common complications of childbirth. Symptoms may include feelings of profound sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability, а strong sense of failure or inadequacy, thoughts about suicide or fears of harming the baby. Is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men.
These are the main ideas of the article:
- babywearing passively comforts a child
- wear your child to soothe your anxiety
- babywearing can help grow our love
- babywearing can help grow attachment
Read the article in more detail.
In the final thoughts Abby Burd said:
Developmental Psychology has taught us that baby humans, like baby monkeys, need a loving and well-attached mother in order to have healthy development. I don’t believe that is entirely true. Any well-attached and healthy parental figure can provide a benefit to a growing child. It does not necessarily have to be the biological mother. For dads/partners and adoptive parents, babywearing is a great way to mimic the physical closeness of pregnancy.
And remember: Parenthood is a new job – look at your expectations on yourself. It takes six months, on average, to adjust to any new job – and this job keeps changing. Just when you get used to a newborn, you end up with an older baby, eating solids, crawling… And just when you feel comfortable with a sleep routine, you hit the four month sleep regression and everything goes out the window.
You are doing great! Keep your head up and your baby close!
Source: Ergobaby blog