What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious medical problem. PPD can develop in the first few months after childbirth.  Without treatment, PPD can last a long time and be very disabling.

It is very common. One out of every ten* women develop PPD in the first few months after childbirth.


You might have postpartum depression if you –

  • Are extremely tired
  • Have lost the enjoyment of daily life
  • Are sleepless
  • Feel sad all of the time
  • Cry often
  • Are very anxious
  • Feel hopeless
  • Have feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Are irritable
  • Have an appetite change
  • Have poor concentration


Postpartum Depression Resources


Postpartum Check-up

Be sure to have a checkup within 21 to 56 days after giving birth. Depending on the plan, Quartz may offer a gift of $15 for new mothers who get this checkup.

How to Get Help

If you think you are depressed, there are many places to get the help you need –

  • Call your Primary Care Physician (PCP)
  • Contact UW Health – Behavioral Health Care Management at 608.233.3575 or toll free at 800.683.2300
  • Learn more about organizations offering postpartum depression help

For more resources about depression, visit your Personal Wellness Portal.MyChart link


Additional Resources

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
McConnell Hall
1010 Mound Street Madison, Wisconsin 53715

Maternal ​& Child Health Hotline
800.722.2295      24 / 7
Comprehensive maternal & child health information including postpartum resources and support



Get in touch with Quartz Customer Service by sending a message.MyChart link

*American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists | http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp091.cfm | Retrieved 11/04/2009