post·par·tum | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈpär-təm \

Definition of postpartum 

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth postpartum depression

2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers

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Ingram pointed to some of the community benefits of getting help for pregnant or postpartum women: fewer children in the foster care system, fewer women in jails and prisons, babies born healthier and needing less time in the hospital. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "As drug epidemic sweeps Louisville, pregnant moms get help they need," 14 June 2018 There’s a lot of misconception out there about whether dads can get postpartum depression... Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Adam and Danielle Busby from TLC's 'Outdaughtered' share parenting tips, talk Season 3," 6 July 2018 Maienschein’s other bill would direct the state to tap into a new federal pot of money set aside for postpartum programs and awareness campaigns. April Dembosky, Washington Post, "Nurse Calls Cops After New Mom Seeks Help For Depression. Right Call?," 7 Feb. 2018 And this week, Teigen is sharing pictures of sweet baby Miles, along with some of the struggles of postpartum life. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shares What Life's Really Like After Giving Birth," 21 May 2018 There are kids with disabilities (Speechless, on ABC) and kids who might be transgender (FX’s Better Things); moms with postpartum depression (ABC’s Black-ish) and dads recently released from prison (TBS’s The Last O.G.). Jeff Lipsky, HWD, "Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Gilbert, Constance Wu, and Other TV Moms and Dads Sound Off," 14 June 2018 Beyond the Baby Blues, for those facing postpartum depression, will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. June 27 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US-6, Valparaiso, or from 6-8 p.m. at Childbirth Melodies, 138 S. Main St., Crown Point. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 June 2018 Now Jenn recognizes her struggle as postpartum depression and anxiety. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Jennifer and Mike Ellis of Flourtown," 6 June 2018 Motherhood, then, is what renders Circe fully recognizable, postpartum depression and all. Claire Messud, New York Times, "Turning Circe Into a Good Witch," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of postpartum

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postpartum

from the Latin phrase post partum "after childbirth," from post "after" + partum, accusative of partus "act of giving birth, childbirth," from parere "to give birth to, bring into being" + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns — more at post-, parturient entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of postpartum

medical : relating to or happening in the period of time following the birth of a child


post·par·tum | \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈpärt-əm \

Medical Definition of postpartum 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth postpartum depression

2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers postpartum hospital rooms



Medical Definition of postpartum (Entry 2 of 2)

: after childbirth a blood sample taken 14 days postpartum an infection occurred three weeks postpartum

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