Here are four suggestive ways you can continue to be faithful friend during this difficult season:
1. Once the baby arrives, all eyes are on the baby. It's important to not forget about the Mom during this time. Ask her, "How are you?" This simple question can allow her to express a reservoir to hidden feelings and emotions.
2. Remind her she is not alone. She may feel alone, but many women have felt this way. In fact, 50-80% of all new moms will experience some form of Postpartum Blues. She was not meant to be alone.
3. Encourage her to seek a Medical Elevation. "I see tearfulness and some fear within you. How do we get you to the end of this? Are you willing to see a doctor for this?"
4. Create a sense of support. Gather family, friends, and agencies to bring support to her and her family. Ask, "How can I help?" Also brainstorm ways others can be involved in supporting her through the end.
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Postgraduate Medicine Special Report—Postpartum Depression: A Guide for Patients and Families. March 2001, pg. 112–113.