Postpartum Support and Beyond

About Postpartum Depression

Like any major change in life, pregnancy and the postpartum period can feel like an emotional roller coaster. For individuals and couples, professional support can be a great way to help us manage these feelings. Below you can explore postpartum depression, our links to local professional support and meet our postpartum counselor Amy.


+ meet Amy Schief, MSW, RM:

I began working at The Birthing Inn as a birth assistant in 1999 when I was in midwifery school and later was blessed to call TBI my home base while running my own busy practice. During my 15 years at The Birthing Inn I had the pleasure of working with amazing families alongside wonderful midwives, doulas, birth assistants and childbirth educators. In 2014, I moved to Switzerland, and after a lengthy process (and the addition of a whole new language!) my midwifery license was recognized and I started again working with growing families at a birth center here in central...


+ What is postpartum depression?

The days and weeks after the birth of your baby can be an amazing time filled with awe, joy and feeling of bliss. It is also a time where your hormones are rapidly shifting, often leading to what is called “baby blues”. It is not uncommon to have periods of weepiness, to feel anxious or even overwhelmed. This period may last a few days or weeks, but as your hormones normalize, these symptoms go away. CDC research indicates, however, that 1 in 9 women experience postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is similar to the baby blues, but is more severe and can last...