Hayden Panettiere gave birth to her daughter, Kaya Evodokia, ten months ago. Now, Hayden’s rep confirmed exclusively to People that the twenty-six year old television and movie star is voluntarily seeking professional help to battle postpartum depression (“PPD”).
Only last month, Hayden spoke out about PPD on Live! with Kelly and Michael, sharing that she could empathize with her Nashville character’s, Juliette Barnes, struggles.
I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When you’re told about postpartum depression you think it’s “I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child” — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal. There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that “Oh, it’s hormones.” They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support. Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!
We wish Hayden the best as she receives treatment for PPD and appreciate her honesty regarding her own journey, as her truth could certainly help other women face their own struggles.
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