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Fort Calhoun mother shares experience with postpartum depression

Published: June 11, 2024

Becoming a mother is something Grace Lechtenberg always dreamed of.

“(I was) very lucky to have an uneventful pregnancy, felt pretty good overall, I was able to do all my normal activities,” says Grace.

She and her husband welcomed their daughter Elaine in October of last year. About a week after giving birth, she noticed a change.

“There was a day where I just couldn’t stop crying, I was so emotional,” says Grace.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, one in seven mothers experience postpartum depression. Dr. Ashley Sawtelle at Methodist Physicians Clinic in Fremont says many signs and symptoms of postpartum depression can be overlooked in addition to who it’s affecting.

“There’s been a big trend in OBGYN’s these last several years to do a check in with patients within the first few weeks even if they’re not coming into the office for their postpartum exam, just a quick telephone call. So we’re actively pursuing to find patients who need our help,” says Dr. Sawtelle.

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