Tag: maternal Mental health

We started our bimonthly PPDKenya tweetchats!

PPDKenya tweetchat

We are excited to share that we began our bimonthly tweetchats this past week. In line with our mission to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with maternal mental health in Kenya, the tweetchats will be centered around the same, with focus on postpartum depression, The bimonthly chats, which will be held every other Wednesday from 1:30-2:30PM EAT will cover an array of topics, from the symptoms, to risk factors, treatment options, importance of support groups and self care among others. From time to time, we will also bring on board professionals who will steer the discussions as regards PPD and issues such as breastfeeding, body image, relationships and infertility. We look forward to having everyone of our readers on board.

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aaaaaand, in case you missed it, here are snapshots of our first tweetchat whose topic was Maternal Mental Health Illnesses. Follow the thread on this tweet for the whole chat.

We looked at six illnesses under maternal mental health care, including Antenatal depression, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD, Bipolar disorder, peripartum onset and Postpartum Psychosis. This chat broadly covered the symptoms and treatment options, and we shall delve deeper in weeks to come.

And a reminder:

Please do not be afraid to reach out, Get in touch with us, we run support group therapy and have contacts of health professionals who can help you. Details for our next tweetchat below:

PPDKenya tweetchatDate: Wednesday 30th May 2018, from 1:30PM EAT

Topic: Postpartum Depression  & Baby Blues

 

 

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PPDKenya support group therapy is now underway

Offering hope through PPDKenya support groups

The second weekend of January 2018 will probably remain the highlight of the year (so far) because it ushered in a new chapter for PPDKenya. We (finally) stepped away from the fear of the unknown, and into the heart of where our true passion lies – we held our very first support group therapy meeting! Words do not quite capture the excitement and sense of purpose we felt that day.

Read More: Why is a PPD support group important?

Of the seven who had confirmed, four showed up Continue Reading…

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Facts and Symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Postpartum Depression is one of the most common perinatal mood disorders that affect women after child birth. According to Postpartum International (PSI), 1 in 7 women will suffer PPD in their lifetime. To bring this closer home, think about seven of your friends who are new moms. It is likely that 1 of the 7 will struggle with PPD. In Kenya, there are more than 1.5 Million births annually (Statistics from UNICEF). Assuming that most of these births are not multiple births, we can assume that as many as 200,000 women are predisposed to PPD in Kenya alone. These are sobering statistics, and it is this grim reality that spurred us to raise awareness, reduce stigma of PPD and provide psychosocial support for affected moms. With this in mind, what are some of the symptoms associated with PPD? In an attempt to reduce stigma of PPD, we have decided to add these symptoms without the medical jargon,and as simply as possible. Continue Reading…

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