Fighting NICU Postpartum Depression

FOR MANY NEW MOTHERS AS THEIR BABIES FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES–THEIR MOTHERS ARE FACING A STRUGGLE OF THEIR OWN

I TAKE YOU INSIDE A GROUNDBREAK ING PROGRAM AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE FOR DESERAY STEVENSON– THE BIRTH OF HER SECOND BABY WAS ANYTHING BUT SERENE SHE WOKE UP ONE DAY WITH HORRIBLE CONTRACTIONS, DEHYDRATED 12:18:49 THE NEXT THING I KNEW I WAS BEING LIFE FLIGHTED HERE" DESERAY WAS 28 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS PREGNANT WHEN DALIYLA CAME INTO THIS WORLD– WEIGHING JUST 2 POUNDS AS HER BABY GIRL BATTLED FOR HER LIFE–HER MOM WAS FACING A BATTLE OF HER OWN 12:22:21 "FEELING THAT I WAS A HORRIBLE MOM BECAUSE I COULDN'T BE THERE EVERY MINUTE TO MAKE SURE SHE WAS OKAY" DESERAY SAYS SHE ALSO HAD TROUBLE SLEEPING, HAD NO APPETITE, AND FELT REALLY EMOTIONAL

DR ANN ANDERSON- BERRY SAYS DESERAY ISN'T ALONE AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE NICU AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE–SHE SAW AN UNADRESSED PROBLEM 12:09:30 WE DECIDED TO INSTITUTE SCREENING OUR NICU MOMS TO SEE WHAT OUR LEVELS OF POSTAPRTUM DEPRESSION MOMS WERE IN THE NICU POPULATION" THE NUMBERS WERE ASTONISHING

DR BERRY SAYS 28% OF MOMS LIKE DESERAY SCREENED POSITIVE– NEARLY DOUBLE THE INCIDENCE OF MOMS OUTSIDE THE NICU 12:32:20 DR ANDERSON BERRY SAYS WHEN THEY SAW THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF NICU MOTHERS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION EFFECTS, THEY REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM IS AND THEY HOPE IT CONTINUES TO GROW" 12:14:34 IT'S ALREADY BEEN PRESENTED AT NATIONAL MEETINGS, IT'LL BE PUBLISHED

SO WE'D LIKE TO SEE THIS IN NICU'S-NOT ONLY ACROSS OMAHA AND THE REGION-BUT NATIONWIDE" THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN HELPING MOMS LIKE DESERAY SINCE LAST JULY IT'S AN ELEVEN QUESTION SCREENING PROCESS MOTHERS ARE SCREENED AT 7 DAYS, A MONTH, THEN MONTHLY UNTIL THE NICU BABY IS DICHARGED THE MOMS ARE THEN REFERRED TO A VARIETY OF TREATMENT OPTIONS TO GET THEM THROUGH IT

12:10:58 IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD AND IT REALLY TAKES A VILLAGE TO GET SOME OF THESE MOMS THROUGH SOME REALLY DARK DAYS" THIS PROGRAM MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO DESERAY AFTER COUNSELING AND DEPRESSION MEDICATIONS HE SAYS SHE FEELS WONDERFUL AND AFTER HER BABY GIRL SPENT — DAYS IN THE NICUSHE IS PROUD OF THIS MOMENT

12:24:25 THIS IS MISS DELILYA BELLE THOMPSON IT IS JULY 20TH 2016 HER DUE DATEAND TODAY WE FINALLY GET TO GO HOME IT'S AMAZING" DR DR

ANDERSON- BERRY SAYS IT WAS A SPECIAL DAY TO SEE DELILYAH AND DESERAY GO HOMESHE'S SO PROUD OF THEIR PROGRESS AGAIN, NEBRASKA MEDICINE IS THE FIRST-AND ONLY-HOSPITAL IN NEBRASKA TO OFFER THIS PROGRAM

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