Mom Check 7 Conversation Starters
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is used by physicians to evaluate if a mother might be suffering from postpartum depression. When talking with a friend or loved one you might be concerned about, the EPDS questions might be too formal. Here are some additional questions submitted by moms to check on a new mother. Some mothers suffering from postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety may try to hide how they are feeling, and you may need to ask follow-up questions based on their answers. However, many new moms want to talk to someone about what they are going through - they're just waiting for you to ask.
1. How are you feeling?
2. Are you getting any sleep?
3. Do you feel like you have enough help?
4. Do you want more help? ("How can I help?" is always appreciated by new moms!)
5. What are some things you enjoyed recently?
6. What are your biggest worries right now?
7. Are you feeling resentful about anything?
8. When was the last time you cried?
9. Are you liking being a mom? Do you feel connected with your child(ren)?
10. What has your child done recently that you really enjoyed?
11. Have you felt angry at your child? How did you handle it?
12. Is your husband doing a good job supporting you?
13. Have you been able to go outside or exercise?
14. Are you making time for you? Do you have enough time to shower and take care of yourself?
15. Do you feel like "you"?
For a PDF of this questionnaire, scroll below or click here.