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A counsellor with the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre has said the individual or individuals who dumped the male fetus at the solid waste disposal site in Vieux Fort may be suffering from postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.
Faith St. Catherine has cautioned the public against rushing to judgement regarding the discovery of the fetus on Monday, Dec. 4, after 8 a.m.
The fetus is estimated to be six months old and weighs three pounds, according to reports.
“I wish not to ask people not to judge because we don’t know the circumstances surrounding this,” St. Catherine told DBS. “There is something called postpartum depression and … it goes further [to] postpartum psychosis. What happens is that during pregnancy hormonal changes create problems.”
According to Wikipedia, postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth, which can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, crying episodes, irritability, and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.
Postpartum psychosis, a more severe form of postpartum mood disorder, occurs in about 1 to 2 per 1,000 women following childbirth. Postpartum psychosis is one of the leading causes of the murder of children less than one year of age, which occurs in about 8 per 100,000 births in the United States.
St. Catherine said the individual or individuals who dumped the fetus may not have been mentally sound.
“I would like to believe that if a person does that it’s because they are not in their right frame of mind meaning, that we don’t know the person’s circumstances. We don’t know what trauma they were suffering [from] before. We don’t know what problems they are facing. But trauma pushes people over the edge,” she said.
Female Rights Activist Catherine Sealys also commented on the incident.
“The system has always failed young mothers. Young mothers are under a lot of pressure from economic, from mental peer pressure, from a number of situations. And we continue to wish that the social services, especially the ministry of social justice and agencies of that nature would come together and prepare policies to better support,” Sealys told DBS.
The discovery of the fetus is still under investigation.
According to sources, the garbage that contained the fetus is suspected to have been picked up in Laborie by a truck belonging to a private company.