A new mother is admitted to the acute psychiatric unit with severe postpartum depression. She is tearful and states, “I don’t know why this happened to me I was so excited for my baby to come, but now I don’t know!” Which of the following responses by the nurse is MOST therapeutic?
“Maybe you weren’t ready for a child after all.”
“Having a new baby is stressful, and the tiredness and different hormone levels don’t help. It happens to many new mothers and is very treatable.”
“What happened once you brought the baby home? Did you feel nervous?”
“Has your husband been helping you with the housework at all?”