Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression (PND) is what can happen if you become depressed after having a baby. (PND) affects about one in 10 mothers in the UK, and usually develops in the first four to six weeks after childbirth.

It is caused by a combination of biological, psychological (spiritual) and social (cultural) factors, however it's important to distinguish between the 'baby blues' which usually lasts only a few days after the birth and 'proper' postnatal depression.

If you are suffering from (PND) you may experience feeling low, have no appetite or over-eat for comfort, can't cope with your new life with your baby, are anxious, feel guilty, are afraid to be alone with your baby, think life just isn't worth living.

It is important to know that Postnatal Depression (PND) is a recognised and treatable illness which affects approximately 10-15% of mothers and 10% of fathers.

Some questions to consider:

  • Did you have a traumatic birth experience? Would it help to talk about it with an outsider (of course confidentially)?
  • Do you think you might have post-natal depression? (one in three women suffers some form of 'blue' period);

I can offer you an initial assessment/discussion to help recognise signs and symptoms as well as coping strategies and other avenues of help can also be explored.