I am pregnant with my first and have no first hand experience with the hardship of PPD or depression in general. My very close friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy a week ago and is really struggling. I can't say for sure that it is PPD but I know her delivery did not go at all as planned and she has told me she feels incredibly lonely, isolated, and just cries all the time. I am going to visit her today (at her request) and planning just to listen, and not judge or give advice. I just want her to be able to talk about all of her feelings and feel she has a friend in this. So here is my question for you - what more can I do to best help my friend with PPD? I am planning to bring her a gift - some bubble bath, some tea, and maybe a piece of jewelry or a cd if I can find one for her today. I want to bring her something for her, because I feel like everyone visiting is focusing all on the baby right now and she needs some support and attention.
Advice for me? Books she may enjoy? Other gifts you would have really loved to get in the first few weeks?