increase in women suffering from Postpartum
By Shabna Cader
There has been alarming increase in women suffering
from Postpartum Depression which had led to multiple
arrests in various areas of the country.
In the past week alone two such cases were reported.
The police on Tuesday arrested a woman in the
Diganwela area, Bingiriya for attempting to poison
her two-day old infant.
The same day police arrested another woman in the
Hooriganwewa area in Anuradhapura for allegedly
dumping her newborn in a hospital toilet.
“From the looks of them giving birth, their actions
in return certainly seem like symptoms of Postpartum
Depression. This form of depression is well known
and also well recognised but unfortunately there is
not much data to recognise its causes and how to
deal with it. It is natural that a woman’s hormones
become imbalanced after giving birth and therefore
she needs to be taken care of well. However this is
something that cannot be predicted either and should
be treated with much care,” commented Dr. Premila
Senanayake, Medical Director of the Family Planning
Association of Sri Lanka.
“Postpartum Depression is moderate to severe
depression in a woman after she has given birth.
Under these instances, the best solution is not to
have them arrested but merely offer them medical and
psychological treatment for their ailing and harmful
conditions,” Dr. Senanayake said.