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Postpartum Depression Helpline Launched in Crown Heights

Four months ago, Shifra and Puah, an organization dedicated to supporting mothers physically and emotionally after birth, has launched a hotline for Postpartum Depression (PPD) in Crown Heights led by Crown Heights resident Ortal Hoffman. Full Story

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Thank you
May 14, 2024 9:33 pm

Kol hakavod for taking initiative and starting this much needed hotline

This is amazing!
May 14, 2024 9:57 pm

Thank you so much for doing this! After I had one of my children I started loosing a ton of weight, I couldn’t sleep, and felt very anxious to the point that it would sometimes be hard for me to function. None of my doctors were able to figure out what was wrong with me. Looking back, I can’t believe they didn’t realize that it was PPD. I felt like there was no one to talk to, no one to guide me. It took me a few weeks until I figured it out and reached out for help (which I… Read more »

Thank you so so much
May 14, 2024 11:03 pm

So necessary

I had this
May 14, 2024 11:05 pm

It took me months to get back to myself. I felt like the whole world was against me, just so anxious all the time and difficultly eating even though I was so hungry. This is the opposite of my usual serene self.

morah alouche!!
May 14, 2024 11:36 pm

morah alouche you do such amazing work!
so proud of you!
keep it up
we love youuuu

thank you!
May 15, 2024 7:07 am

This looks like it is executed very well. What an incredible resource. thank you!

Yirmi
May 15, 2024 9:54 am

Great job Ortal! So proud of you and your commitment to helping others in an impactful and meaningful way!

Kol hakavod!
May 15, 2024 10:31 am

So proud of Shifra and Puah and our whole community for addressing the real and not always pleasant parts of motherhood. Hats off!

Wow
May 15, 2024 10:55 am

Thank you for making this hotline possible. Lots of hatzlacha!

Yes!
May 15, 2024 11:01 am

So happy to see this.
If 1 in 7 get ppd, then with the big families we have- likely most women will have ppd at some point.
May Hashem bentch this intiative with success.

I wish this had been around
May 15, 2024 11:58 am

when I was having my babies. I had such severe PPD that I was hospitalized, and after the second occurrence was told by my doctor that I couldn’t have any more children 😥

My idea as a father and husband
May 15, 2024 12:03 pm

We need girls from seminar to volunteer in those young mother’s houses the first six weeks after birth, that would reduce dramatically the number of PPD as the mothers can get sleep.
Nowadays if you don’t have money to pay someone to come and help, you’re basically asking for PPD to come knocking on your door,
cost of living has gone skyrocket, we need you girls to step in, so in the future when you become a mother the new young girls would be there for you, let’s see who’s going to launch such a vital organization

Yasher Koach!!
Reply to  My idea as a father and husband
May 15, 2024 8:10 pm

When I gave birth in the summer. I had such a hard birth. I couldn’t get anyone to want to watch my kids. I had cleaning help maybe 3 times a week but still couldn’t manage, I felt crazy! It was so hard I would’ve loved someone mature and kind that would’ve been able to take my kids after camp for the first 3 weeks at least! It’s so overwhelming!
All they kept on offering was for me to go to a kimperturm, and then what about the kids… I’ve spoken to other mothers and they said the same

And...
Reply to  My idea as a father and husband
May 16, 2024 1:36 am

Will you also make sure these girls get married?

this might be the segway
Reply to  And...
May 17, 2024 4:16 am

this actually might help. they get to know more people who appreciate them and would be on the lookout for them.

Husband and Father
Reply to  My idea as a father and husband
May 16, 2024 7:18 am

I know a grown adult who can volunteer to let a mother sleep. The father! But that isn’t volunteering it is husbanding and fathering. Perhaps Shifra and Pua can create classes for men about how to be a mentch and what it means to take responsibility for a wife and child/ren when you decide to have them.

teach them in yeshiva?
Reply to  Husband and Father
May 16, 2024 10:57 pm

teach them young

yes, and
Reply to  Husband and Father
May 17, 2024 4:17 am

Even with such a father, mroe help can be needed.

Been there and understand the pain
May 15, 2024 2:44 pm

This is so very necessary in Crown Heights as well in all communities that want to approach the reality that many women suffer in silence when help is now on the way with what you’re offering. It’s very clear you deeply understand and now you have this wisdom and experience to really help other women to heal. I also love how you combine the physical as well as the mind. I’ve been through this myself many years before and I was offered both with those who were highly trained specifically in these areas and today I feel whole B”H. The… Read more »

solutions
Reply to  Been there and understand the pain
May 16, 2024 10:58 pm

how did you fix it

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