Usually, having a baby is an exciting, wonderful journey for most women. The excitement of a new addition to the family and the long awaited months of birth can be a very joyous, fulfilling time. However, not all new mothers may experience these happy feelings. Sometimes new mothers experience many feelings of sadness, anxiety, or resentment after the birth of their child. In mild forms, it is often called having the "baby blues", and is normal to experience for a short period of time. However, not all cases of the "baby blues" go away after a week. When feelings worsen and become more severe or are persistent, this becomes a condition called postpartum depression. It is a medical condition, and requires medical attention and treatment. This page goes over the basics of postpartum depression, with information about what it is to treatment options.