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? Was… Continue reading Social support in the postpartum
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 trauma… Continue reading Dealing with a traumatic birth
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 search… Continue reading Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?
Abnormal Pregnancy Decision Support Australia (APDSA) was developed by a team of psychologists. We became aware of a gap in Australia in the support available for women and couples making decisions about their pregnancy following a diagnosis of fetal abnormality. This website was informed by research gathered from the literature, interviews with women who have been… Continue reading Support available for families who receive a diagnosis of abnormality during pregnancy
I have written quite a lot about the experience of losing a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, but haven't really said much about what it is like AFTER... when everything is "supposed" to return to "normal". For so many of the women I speak to about their perinatal and neonatal losses, returning to… Continue reading What happens after?
This is a genuine domestic surrogacy nightmare, and really highlights the importance of all parties receiving high quality counselling and legal advice and completely understanding the implications of undertaking a surrogacy arrangement, LONG before they commence a surrogacy agreement. Ultimately, the outcome of this situation will be adverse for the child who has been born… Continue reading Queensland surrogate in bitter feud with biological parents
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 for… Continue reading Depression and anxiety during pregnancy
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. For decades, this has been a day where families across the globe are asked to light a candle in remembrance of their baby whose life was too short. If everyone was to light a candle at 7pm in… Continue reading October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Stillmothers.com is devoted to supporting families who have lost children through stillbirth. It contains deeply moving personal stories of loss, and I have found myself becoming lost in the words by these brave parents who are willing to share their experience of grief and loss in order to help others. Today I read Melissa's beautiful… Continue reading Stillbirth
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?