by Mothers Helpers Founder Kristina Paterson It took me 18 months to go and get some help for the way that I was feeling. 9 of those months I was anxious throughout my pregnancy but the midwife didn't pick up on it. In the first week after my baby was born, I had a new midwife, and she said to me that if I was still crying by day 7 (hours of crying every day), then I'd have to go and see the doctor as I may have postnatal depression. So I forced myself to stop crying. I … [Read more...] about From One Mum to Another
Recovering from PND
It would be fair to say that for some mothers who have developed perinatal depression/anxiety, the "temperament" that researchers speak of that make some mothers more prone to developing it than others is not only that we're naturally a sensitive soul, but we can also place high unrealistic expectations on ourselves - setting ourselves up to fail and becoming disappointed with ourselves time and time again. Whether you are recovering from your first episode of perinatal depression or … [Read more...] about High Expectations and Depression
Mothers Helpers is in the business of preventing the serious consequences of postnatal depression. Take a look at our other pages to see what those might be. One thing I'd love to be able to prevent is what I call chronic depression. For many people, depression does not have to be something they live with - if treated early and treated well, they can make a full-recovery. And they can prevent a relapse from occurring. But there are those who live with depression and for those of us who do, … [Read more...] about Living With Depression
Why You Need a Break What an understatement! The reason why Mothers Helpers provides mums suffering from postnatal depression (with no support system to help) with volunteers to help with childcare and housework is simply because we know how vital having a regular break is to recovery. Motherhood is relentless. It is a 24hr/day, 7 days/week job. For many of us with young babies or with babies that don't sleep well, even night times are not our own to get sufficient rest. But too often, … [Read more...] about Girl, You Need a Break!
Risk Factors for Postnatal Depression Those more at-risk of developing postnatal depression have one or more of the following: Previous Depressive episode Relationship/marriage difficulties Financial difficulties Poor family support Single mother Young mother (ie. under the age of 22yo) Having difficulty breastfeeding Baby with colic/reflux or illness Other significant stress, eg. death in the family If you are currently pregnant, Mothers Helpers can provide you with a wide range of … [Read more...] about Keys to Preventing & Recovering from PND