PACIFIC POST PARTUM SUPPORT SOCIETY
Chinese Language Information
MOTHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN OR PREGNANT WOMEN
Are you feeling
We understand. We can help.
Telephone Support: (604) 255-7999
Toll Free: (855) 255-7999
(We welcome self-referrals)
We offer telephone support and weekly support groups throughout the Lower Mainland.
We support Dads, too!
(Initial contact will be with English-speaking staff. For support in Chinese, please let the worker know your name, your contact number, and request our Chinese-speaking worker call you)
Some information on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (PPD/A)
- 15% to 20% of moms experience PPD/A
- 10% of dads experience PPD/A
- Pregnant women and parents who adopt a child may also experience PPD/A
- Can start during pregnancy, after birth, or months into the postpartum period
- Can last a number of weeks or months or even past a year postpartum
- Can emerge after the birth of the first child or subsequent children. The probability of experiencing PPD/A increases if the mother has had previous experiences of depression.
It is most important to remember that having postpartum sadness or challenges is not the woman’s fault. It is not an indication that she is incapable, or “crazy”, or weak.
With the appropriate treatment and support, you will feel better and heal.
Is this happening to you?
- Crying often or for no apparent reason
- Feeling helpless or unable to handle daily activities
- Afraid to be alone
- Feeling that something is not right
- Frightening or intrusive thoughts
- Feeling overly worried for your child
- Disinterested in baby, not bonding with baby
- Depression that may range from sadness to thoughts of suicide
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Anger and aggression
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling resentment towards baby or family members
- Feeling alone, have no support
- Feel inadequate, useless
If your youngest child is under three years, or if you are currently pregnant, and you have any of the above feelings, we can help.
Extra challenges and barriers faced by Chinese immigrants may include:
- Many couples live apart, often with the husband working in the home country, thus creating pressures on the marriage
- Lack of support
- Difficulty finding employment, foreign credentials not recognized, dissatisfaction with current employment
- Language barriers
- Difficulty building new social circle
- Feeling alone, isolated
- Financial pressures
- Missing own culture and traditions
- Missing family and friends from home
- Difficulty acclimating to new environment
- Relationship stress between family members
- Stigma and lack of education in native country on mental illness, leading to women not seeking help
“I never hear about post partum depression in my country. I am pretty sure that it happened to many women, but I never hear it”
“I had many fears. I felt that I am a weak person. Even though I looked fine on the surface, I was falling apart inside.”
“I couldn’t ask for help because other mothers seem to be doing really good but I seem to be the only one who couldn’t do it”
“I realized something is not right because the first month I wasn’t really bonding with my youngest and I was getting really agitated with my older. To the point I didn’t recognize myself.”
“From Pacific Post Partum, I received warmth, caring, and support. I was reminded: I am very important, too.”
“Sharing is a great way to alleviate some of the depression. It’s great to talk to another person who has experienced depression… they can at empathize.”
“I know now that if you want your child happy, you yourself need to be happy first. Happy mom, happy child. Not happy mom, the child is not happy, too.”
Funding for this section provided by Integrated Primary and Community Care, Vancouver Coastal Health.