UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Postpartum Depression

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in eight women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD). It can affect any woman regardless of age, race, income, culture or education, and generally, PPD begins within three months of delivery but can on-set at any time, even as late as one year after delivery. Common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of worthlessness; excessive guilt
  • Loss of pleasure or interest
  • Loss of energy, tiredness
  • Low (anxious or depressed) mood
  • Psychomotor agitation (restlessness, jittery, hand wringing)
  • Poor concentration, memory
  • Poor appetite
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Suicidal thoughts (seek help immediately; National Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK)

Your doctor can help you determine if you are struggling with PPD. He or she will ask you questions and may give you a brief assessment questionnaire to help determine your condition. If it is determined you are at risk for PPD, your doctor will make a referral to a behavioral health provider for a more thorough assessment and to begin treatment. You may also seek counseling on your own without a referral. 

To Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with our PPD specialist, Donna Richard-Langer, LISW, or any of our providers, call UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Counseling & Psychiatry at 515-241-2300. Our schedulers will help you with your insurance information and any other initial questions you may have. Our clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.