Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia
Dr. Ann Lenox Kellams, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and medical director of the newborn nursery at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, is an expert in newborn care and breastfeeding. Kellams teaches pediatric clinical skills to students and residents and authored the Newborn Nursery Resident and Student Curriculum and Orientation Manual for UVA Children’s Hospital. Kellams serves her surrounding community by being a mentor for the African American Student Mentorship Program, by serving on the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and by hosting various community education workshops on newborn and infant care. She received the Outstanding Graduate Designation from her alma mater, the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
If I have been diagnosed with postpartum depression, what are some things I should bear in mind?
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Ann Kellams gives tips for coping with postpartum depression and getting help.
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Host: If I have been diagnosed with post partum depression what are some things I should bear in mind?
Dr. Ann Kellams: Probably, the most important thing is that if there are thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself or the baby in any way, those are major red flags and you just need to get on the phone with your doctor, a crisis hotline, the emergency room, your support people, so those are probably the most severe cases. Otherwise, though, I think if you really are not able in those days when you are affected by this condition to care for yourself or the baby then we need to get you some help.