What Peripartum Depression feels like

Ever wondered what it is like to have a new baby and develop depression?  Ever wondered how someone could have this beautiful little baby and feel so bad at the same time?  Ever been depressed and struggled to explain it to the people around you?  This video is a quite incredible representation of the workingsContinue reading “What Peripartum Depression feels like”

Transition to Parenthood

Helping new mums and dads negotiate the complex pathway into parenthood is one of the best things about my work.  So, I was really excited to discover this recent interview on the ABC RN program exploring the topic.  Here is the link so you can listen to the entire program https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/perinatal-mental-health/10478792 Making the transition intoContinue reading “Transition to Parenthood”

Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????

A lovely reader of this page just sent this article from last weekend’s Weekend Australia through to me and it is SO GOOD.  For those of you who have kids and are also working (or maybe studying, or trying to start your own business, or helping out at your kid’s school, or taking care ofContinue reading “Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????”

PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”

I am doing heaps of research at the moment so I keep finding amazing articles to share.  This one from the SMH is a few years old, but is a truely brilliant piece of writing about a personal experience of becoming unwell in the context of having a new baby.  Miki Perkins has written anContinue reading “PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad””

Minding your mind with Mind The Bump

This certainly isn’t a new resource, but it is worth remembering as it such a great little mindfulness app, especially made for pregnancy – and it is free!.  It has been developed by the clever people at Beyond Blue and can be downloaded to any device https://www.mindthebump.org.au

Social support in the postpartum

We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother’s group?  WasContinue reading “Social support in the postpartum”

Dealing with a traumatic birth

Many women feel traumatised by their experience of giving birth, but then feel compelled to minimise their experience “it wasn’t that bad” or struggle to admit how the birth experience has impacted on them.  Things might have ultimately turned out ok for mum and baby, but the birth has left them with a significant traumaContinue reading “Dealing with a traumatic birth”

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum – for help to find it, you can start your searchContinue reading “Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?”

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Have you experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety during your pregnancy? Postnatal depression has gradually become more recognised in our society, but unfortunately, most people still don’t realise that women can be paralysed by these symptoms even before the baby is born.  And new research suggests that antenatal symptoms may represent the most severe forContinue reading “Depression and anxiety during pregnancy”

Is your baby sleeping normally?

I really like this advice from Christy Kidner http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-sleep about newborn sleep routines – what I like the most is that she reminds us is takes a while for babies to develop their patterns and routines and we shouldn’t get too carried away too soon about what we expect our babies to be able to do.  Continue reading “Is your baby sleeping normally?”