Postpartum depression: For impoverished mothers of color, it takes a community

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Treating postpartum depression (PPD) in low-income mothers of color requires an understanding of each person’s lived experience, and practitioners should consider interventions that develop broadly from a community level in order to improve outcomes for their clients, according to a University at Buffalo social work researcher.

“Social workers need to do more than simply work with the mother,” says Robert Keefe, an associate professor in the UB School of Social Work and the study’s lead author. “Focus on the mothers, but get into the communities where they live and draw on supports from neighborhood organizations like churches, clinics and other services a parent or child would access.”

Keefe’s research, published in the journal Families in Society contributes valuable knowledge to an understudied area and for the first time provides guidance for social workers that can better inform their practices with this particular population.

Nearly 20 percent of the 4 million women who give birth in the U.S. each year will develop PPD.

“Most mothers when discussing their PPD describe a horrible process. They’ve gone through this wonderful experience of having a child then feel shame for what they coin as negative feelings,” says Keefe. “They often don’t know where to turn or even if they should turn for help.”

While many of these mothers do eventually get help and find the treatments effective, the mothers in Keefe’s study talked about the professional care they they’ve received as being largely ineffective, often worsening their depression.

Keefe says this leads to intense frustration with mothers taking ownership of the false belief that “this is what being a mother is all about,” a claim echoed by many of the study’s participants….

Uh, no, it doesn’t take a community, it takes a real medical system which allows a normal, non-pathologized birth followed by normal mammalian breastfeeding, otherwise the mother’s body physically adapts (grieves) for the death of the baby:   But you can see the business model lurking behind the scenes here.   Create a problem and then fill entire economic and political hierarchies with the solution.   Everyone wins, except for the motherbaby and the taxpayer.

As far as the racial/poverty correlation, it’s easy to see that vitamin D deficiency and reduced access to normal birth and breastfeeding-friendly environments (assembly-line obstetrics, working mothers, forced  daycare etc) probably has something to do with it.   But of course disrupting the economic status quo is hardly in the interests of the medical establishment, which is thoroughly embedded in the system.   Profit maximization implies disease cultivation, a form of disaster capitalism which pervades every branch of the psycho-medico-pharmaceutical industrial complex.    That’s what toxic vaccines are for.  (hint: these are not your grandmother’s vaccines: )

BTW: the word “breastfeeding” does not occur anywhere in this article.   What a surprise.

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