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If you are struggling with your mood after having a baby, please speak to our Health Visitor, or any of our Nurses or GPs. Alternatively you can directly access support from qualified Perinatal Mental Health Workers through the Depression and Anxiety Service by phoning 01803 696600.
There are still some spaces left on the Virtual HOPE Programme for Postnatal Emotional Wellbeing, starting on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. This is a free, six week course and each weekly session will be running from 10am-12pm on Microsoft Teams.
The physical and emotional journey to becoming a parent can leave some in a challenging place. We invite you to share, practice self-kindness and try a range of activities that can really empower you as a parent and as an individual to live more comfortably.
We will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver this course and to attend this course you will need access to the following:
• The Internet
• A Webcam and Speaker (usually these will already be installed on to your device)
• A PC, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone
For more information and to book on to this course, please visit the HOPE website: https://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/hope-programme/book-onto-a-hope-course/
A 10 week course for women with a baby under 12 months old who are feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed. Helps you to feel better about yourself and your life. Phone 696600 or complete the online referral form
Sign up for your free self-care starter kit. We raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help. We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you.
Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time. However, as a new mother, you may not necessarily feel this straight away. You may go through a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful – known as the 'baby blues'. It usually starts 3-10 days after giving birth and affects around 85 per cent of new mothers. It is so common that it is considered normal. New fathers may also feel it.
Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after having a baby. It can develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, but is often not apparent until around six months. Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around 1 in 10 women after having a baby.
Have a look at the video on this page and hear from mums who have had postnatal depression talk about the feelings they faced, and perinatal psychiatrist Dr Margaret Oates explaining how it can be treated quickly with the right help.
About 1 in 10 mothers develop postnatal depression. Support and understanding from family, friends, and sometimes from a professional such as a health visitor can help you to recover. Other treatment options include psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy or antidepressant medicines.
Most people today have heard the term ‘baby blues’ used to describe a mild, short, period of depression which many women experience after childbirth. Fewer people are aware that as many as 10% of all recently delivered women develop postnatal depression. You are not alone in suffering. APNI have a helpline to give you support and advice.
Hear about Emma's experiences. Emma was diagnosed with postnatal depression following the birth of her second child. This came as a complete shock as was her first experience of mental health problems.
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