Last week, Gweneth Paltrow dedicated a post in her blog GOOP to Postpartum Depression. In this newsletter, both she and Bryce Dallas Howard speak their truth about the emotional challenges that they faced after the birth of their children. As always, I appreciate and respect the honesty with which these two women acknowledge their experiences.
However, there are a few mistaken facts in the otherwise informative pieces written by Dr Laura Shiller, (a New York City-based ObGyn) and Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, (a psychologist). Dr Shiller notes that 10% new mothers will suffer from PPD when, in fact, we know this number to be closer to 20%, or 1 in 5 women who give birth. Dr. Binder-Brynes states that 1 in 8 women will suffer from the Baby Blues following delivery when, again, we know that this number is much, much higher. About 85% new mothers will suffer from the Baby Blues for 2-3 weeks after delivery. The Baby Blues usually taper off after this time and are known to be very common and normal.
It is important that all of us know how very common both the Baby Blues and PPD really are.