Postnatal Depression week is 17-25 November. Our theme is "Breaking the Silence"... In the spirit of that theme, Mothers Helpers will be posting on our blog stories of mums who have battled postnatal depression. This is Lisa's story. I have always wanted to be a Mum. Right from when I was a teenager I can remember longing to have a baby. When I got married at 22, all that was on my mind was babies babies babies. It took a while to fall pregnant with my son, nearly a year. Trying to conceive … [Read more...] about Lisa’s Story
Preparing for a Charity Fundraiser for Mothers Helpers, I switched on 1ZB to find that John Kirwan (who is honestly my hero at the moment when it comes to his own mental health and being a spokesperson for mental health) was being interviewed. But what was most astonishing to me was that he was being interviewed by Tony Veitch. Most of us know that Tony Veitch pleaded guilty in 2009 and was convicted of "Injuring with Reckless Regard" when in 2006 (or thereabouts) he kicked his then-partner … [Read more...] about On Tony Veitch
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
Tell us about you- what was your adult life like prior to having a baby? Like Kristina I always knew I wanted to get married and have children. Pre baby I was extremely confident, I was really proud of what I had achieved with my life, and generally pretty happy chilled person. I met the man of my dreams and we married a few years after that, we had travelled a lot and both bought investment properties and very happy together. We decided after we got married that we would move to Australia, … [Read more...] about Another Mother’s Story
Our Current Situation There is not currently a lot of awareness about post-natal depression. The risk-factors, the symptoms and where to get help is not widely known. Many women go without diagnosis, and even when they are diagnosed, they don't know where to go for help. At best, they might go to their GP and start on anti-depressants - but anti-depressants alone are not the cure for PND, and they are not for everyone. Presently, Maternal Mental Health will only get involved with a mother … [Read more...] about Why Should We Care about Postnatal Depression?