Suggestions for Family and Friends

Jul 07 2015

Suggestions for Family and Friends

Suggestions for How Family and Friends can Help

Family and Friends are important during any major life event.  Parents who are experiencing a postpartum difficult adjustment need non-judgmental and practical support:
• Educate yourself about perinatal mood disorders
• Be patient and understanding
• Ask the couple how you can help
• Offer to baby-sit
• Offer to help around the house (cooking, cleaning, shopping, pet care, etc.)
• Bring meals
• Pool together to hire a postpartum doula to help
• Let the mother know you are there for her, even if she doesn’t feel like talking
• Appreciate that the father may also be emotionally affected by the demands and
challenges of new parenthood
• Offer to drive the mother to appointments if she is having trouble getting out of the house