Depression runs in my family, but I have been fortunate never to have experienced it personally. I do, however, know women who have lived through postpartum depression, including members of my family. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious -- and very common -- disorder. Women who experience a postpartum mood disorder (PPMD), including PPD, need to know that they are not at fault and they are not alone. If you're in the postpartum period and experiencing issues, contact your doctor or midwife first. If you're pregnant, take some time to learn more about PPMDs and become aware of the signs and symptoms.