Postpartum Confession

March 5, 2021

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Dear Amudim Family,
 
Growing up in a loving and secure home creates the backbone for addressing any challenges that might arise. Absent of that, people have to find their own sources of support, and that doesn’t always come easily or naturally. However, as long as someone is willing to reach out, the necessary resources exist; and Amudim will be here every step of the way to help someone find a path to a healthy and happy future.
 
Sara*, now 21, grew up in a physically and verbally abusive home; and at this point in her life, has no relationship with her family after having finally escaped after high school with the help of a supportive teacher. Last year, she married a young man who had grown up under similar circumstances, and they recently welcomed their first child into the world. But soon after the baby was born, Sara began experiencing signs of severe Postpartum Depression; and while fortunately, her obstetrician recognized the symptoms and recommended treatment, she and her husband were at a loss of where to turn. No mother or sisters to ask. No supportive extended family to help.
 
After hearing about Amudim from a friend, the couple reached out to us. After a complex and difficult intake, the case manager was able to connect Sara with a therapist who could help her confront the traumas of her difficult childhood while addressing the acute crisis at hand. We worked with both Sara and her husband to find the necessary treatment and support to deal with both the medical and emotional symptoms that needed to be addressed. Never having dealt with anything like this, the couple also needed reassurance that Postpartum Depression is a common result of childbirth and nothing to be ashamed of; and while Sara’s case is on the severe end of the spectrum, with the right guidance, it can be overcome. 
 
Sara is currently in therapy and feels happy with her progress so far. While she has a long way to go, she finally feels optimistic about her family’s future-the new one she has created with her husband and young son.
 
Remember, whatever you are feeling today, you are not alone. Contact us anytime. Because with Amudim, you are never alone.
 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

WEEK ENDING: March 5, 2021
167 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.

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