You have waited nine months for this moment.
Your beautiful baby is on their way and after a whirlwind few days in the hospital, it is time to head home.
You get home from the hospital, you’re exhausted, overwhelmed, and your little one keeps waking you up, needing to feed, crying.
This is the baby blues.
It is emotionally and physically challenging and you can’t just take a day off.
No wonder you might cry and feel hopeless or anxious at times.
But this is not postnatal (postpartum) depression.
“The blues strike about 85 per cent of new mums, but women get better in two to three weeks. Postpartum depression continues – and gets worse.” Said Aimee Danielson, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
About 50 per cent of postnatal depression cases go untreated and unrecognized.
There’s a tendency for mothers to suffer in silence. Mothers dismiss and minimize the difficulty.
Recently, 26-year-old actress Hayden Panettiere went public with her struggles with post-natal depression after the birth of her daughter in December 2014.
“When they tell you about postnatal depression you think it’s, ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child, I want to hurt my child’ – I’ve never ever had those feelings. Some women do. But these women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.” Said Hayden.
Do you believe you suffer from postnatal depression or know someone who does?
It is important that we start the conversation so mothers feel comfortable enough to speak out and not suffer in silence.
“Many women don’t know how to get help, or even that they should get help,” said Danielson.
Let’s start the conversation today:
- Take the test – Visit the beyond blue site and take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale test.
- Seek help from your health care professional
- Share this article with your family and friends to promote a positive culture of mental health in our community.