Pregnancy Bed Rest, Complications, and Postpartum Depression (PPD)

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You may feel isolated - but you are not alone...

When a woman has pregnancy complications, bed rest is one of the most difficult things she has to do. The effects of complications and bed rest extend into the postpartum with a higher number of women reporting postpartum depression than women who did not have complications. Depression is the most common postpartum complication. This website was created to help you find information and resources to address the many issues you experience during pregnancy complications, bed rest treatment and postpartum recovery, particularly postpartum depression.

Judith A. Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN
Case Western Reserve University, FPB School of Nursing

Two new PPD stories

Pregnancy bedrest stories:

"Suddenly I was whisked out of the room...wheeled into the ER alone, and strapped to a table, while trying not to cry. The terror overwhelmed me, and I emotionally checked out. I felt nothing though the birth of my daughter was about to happen. It was as though I wasn’t even there."
(Complete story...)
"My first pregnancy 4 years ago was such a breeze! This pregnancy was carefully planned so that we would be settled in our new home before the baby was born. My world turned upside down when my water broke at 26 weeks ­- I simply couldn't believe this was happening."
(Complete story...)