Monday, May 4, 2020

Postpartum Depression

As I read through tragedy after tragedy where a mother murders all her children and then commits suicide, I keep thinking postpartum depression. Here's one:

Kieler, Wisc. (1905)
Before 6/17/1905: Woman slits the throats of her four children, the oldest being 6, “the youngest a baby,” then slits her own throat.
Category: family
Suicide: yes
Cause: unknown
Weapon: knife[1]

[1] "Because of Ill Health," Bemidji Daily Pioneer, Jun. 17, 1905, 1.
You wonder how many new mothers today are going through this level of mental suffering.

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