“Hormonal changes, not sleeping well and, unfortunately, not eating well and trying to figure out how to manage a new baby can cause mental health problems for a new mom,” Dr. Selander says.
Mothers who struggle with mood swings, panic attacks, insomnia, fear, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness shouldn’t be afraid to have an open and honest conversation with her health care provider.
“We’re there to treat you and help you,” Dr. Selander says. “That’s an important thing for people to understand.”
Even though it’s often difficult to get the baby and older kids packed up and out the door for a postpartum doctor’s visit, it’s extremely important women make their own health a priority.
“The evidence is clearly showing an increased risk of maternal morbidity and mortality, so it is very important that we put it out there that women need to take care of themselves after they give birth,” Dr. Carter says.
Tidelands Health Women’s Center provides comprehensive care for women at all stages of life. The practice is staffed by Dr. Xaviera Carter, a board-certified physician who specializes in general obstetric and gynecological conditions, teen pregnancy and contraception; Dr. Eduardo Martinez, a board-certified physician who specializes in urogynecology, obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Jay Heineck, a board-certified physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Monica Selander, a board-certified physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology; certified nurse midwife Kathleen Augustine, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology; and nurse practitioner Ashley Miller, who specializes in gynecology.Tidelands Health Women’s Center has all-new offices in both Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. To schedule an appointment, call 843-546-3132.