Do adoptive mothers suffer from post natal depression?
September 20, 2008 3:37am CST
My thread "I am against adoptions" seems to have created some interest about my friends story who seem to have difficulty in accepting her second adoptive baby. I read all the interesting posts and a lot of other questions about adoption came into my mind. This have lead me to this question. Do adoptive mothers suffer from post natal depression?
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22 Sep 08
The only ones would be those who gave birth and the adoptive baby arrived on the same time. We do not have post partum depression. We suffer depression but it is because we are told that a natural mother suspects when her child is in danger years later, so we worry that if our adoptive children are in danger we would be unable to suspect it. Another thing is assumed difficulty in bonding, and that leads to depression. I suffered from the depression because I was told that the birth mother will suspect danger to her child even years later and an adoptive mother would not. I used to worry if my adoptive sons would go out and I would not have that instinct in me that said "ah they are in danger!" But that is not the same as post partum depression. Oh I worry about that, I worry that maybe the reason I could not bear children after marriage was that I would have that post partum depression of that mother who murdered her boys by drowning them. But I just think she hated boys. And I do not.
20 Sep 08
This is an interesting question but not being an adoptive parent myself I wouldn't know, however a new baby in the home can be very tiring and that can sometimes lead to feeling down so in a way I suppose she could be having feelings similar to post natal depression. Some people can adapt and adjust to change far quicker than others and if she is overwhelmed by the extra work involved and the changes it could afect mood. Ellie :D
22 Sep 08
I am not so sure on what kind of depression should those Mother they will have but for sure they will also felt hurt about this on what are the things should happen to the child because they are already attached with it the feeling is there to be the Mother of that child, I do not know but I guess this person who cared will also felt hurt every time if the child would be in vain......
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20 Sep 08
They could have a hard time adjusting to the new baby but post PARTUM depression means depression after delivering a child. It is generally from an imbalance in hormones immediately after giving birth. The mother who gave birth to the child may have this but not the woman who adopts. If she had depression it is separate from the birth experience or the hormonal imbalance