Postpartum Depression Letter

For this discussion, you will write a letter responding to the “Dear
Ashford Expert” letter below.  This letter should be unique and
personalized yet scholarly in its approach, using academic information
to support your opinions and suggestions.

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Dear Ashford Expert,
Help!  My best friend had a beautiful baby girl 6 weeks ago, and while I
think that this should be a happy time for her, she doesn’t seem to be
enjoying it at all.  When I visited the other day, she was wearing
pajamas that looked (and smelled) like she’d been wearing them for
days.  She kept joking that she’s “no good at the mom thing” yet, and
would try to laugh it off, but I’m worried!  She isn’t interested in
going out to shop for cute baby clothes, even though I offered to buy,
and she says that she’s not ready to come to our “moms group” which
meets just once a month for a few hours because she says that she
doesn’t want to burden her husband.  What gives?  How can I help her
get out of this funk?  Should I be worried about her or her little
girl?
–Flustered Friend

Your response should answer the questions asked by “Flustered Friend” and include the following:

  • What is Postpartum Depression? 
  • Analyze and comment on at least one of the following major
    themes: Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture,
    or Gender, as factors influencing the developmental (physical,
    cognitive and psychosocial) outcomes for the mother, father/partner,
    and infant.
  • How can Postpartum Depression influence the short- and
    long-term development of the infant? Be sure to address the physical,
    cognitive, and psychosocial domains of development.
  • Provide at least one local and one wide-ranging (i.e. internet
    or phone) resource that someone with Postpartum Depression, or someone
    with a loved one suffering from Postpartum Depression, can access to
    find more information and/or get help.  Include all relevant
    information on how to contact each resource.