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24 September, 2008

Postpartum Depression: South Asian women in US suffer in silence

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Poornima Jayaraman knew something wasn’t right after the birth of her baby girl last year.

“I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant,” says the young San Francisco Bay Area housewife, who immigrated to the United States with her husband four years ago. “Then Esha came and I was in shock. I wanted absolutely nothing to do with her.”

Jayaraman says she was constantly crying, and always angry at the baby and her husband. She would feed Esha irregularly, resenting the constant care she had to provide the newborn. The nonstop cries of her baby only served to further her depression, she says.

These are the opening lines of a news feature by Sunita Sohrabji, published by India West and distributed by New America Media.

In a note, NAM Editor says: “Asian Indian women, especially new immigrants, may have a higher risk of postpartum depression. Experts point to the isolation of their immigrant experience, along with the lack of the traditional support system found in their home countries, as possible explanations. India-West was awarded a fellowship from The California Endowment and New America Media to research and report on health issues."

To read the rest of the feature please go to NAM site.

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