“Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) is an exciting time that brings new challenges and responsibilities for expecting parents.
However, both men and women can experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy (antenatal) and following the birth of their baby (postnatal). Mothers can also develop postnatal psychosis, an acute and rare mental illness.
Perinatal mental illnesses are treatable. With appropriate care and support, many people with perinatal mental illness go on to have more children.
As many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience perinatal anxiety or depression.
Perinatal anxiety or depression affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year.
Mothers and fathers can develop perinatal mental illness during pregnancy, during early parenthood or any time in the first 12 months of a child’s life. After this time, it is usually treated as a non-perinatal mental illness.
Postnatal psychosis (also known as postpartum or puerperal psychosis) is a serious and rare form of acute mental illness that usually occurs within the first month after a child is born. It affects one to two new mothers in every 1000. “ www.sane.org
Mental Health Support:
If you're worried that you may be experiencing anxiety and or depression go to your GP as a first point of contact to get mental health plan & referral to psychologist or counsellor with experience in postpartum mental health
Online Information and Support Services:
“PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for individuals and their families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.”
“High quality, practical information – to help YOU work through all the emotional challenges of becoming and being a parent’
“Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.”
Australian Breastfeeding Association www.breastfeeding.asn.au
Breastfeeding Support and Information Helpline: 1800 686 268
Pregnancy Loss Support:
1300 072 637
Pregnancy Loss Australia www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au
Still Standing Magazine – great articles and resources on pregnancy after loss www.stillstandingmag.com
1800 583 768 (Aust) 0800 583 768 (NZ)
“Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner.
All services are provided free of charge.
Click on the links below to contact a Heartfelt Photographer”
Local on the Mid North Coast NSW: COMING SOON