Perinatal mental health resources

You can find some of the internet resources available for perinatal mental health below.

Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often called the “baby blues” and is so common that it’s considered normal. The “baby blues” don’t last for more than two weeks after giving birth.

If your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth. NHS Choices (2018)

    NHS Choices Post Natal Depression

 Action on Post-Partum Psychosis

APP has produced a series of guides with the help of women who have experienced PP and their partners.

Planning pregnancy – A guide for women at high risk of Postpartum Psychosis; A guide for partners; Recovery after Postpartum Psychosis

Specialist advice before and during pregnancy

 Association for Post Natal Illness: Postnatal Depression

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. In a proportion of these mothers the depression may be of such severity that they need out-patient psychiatric help and many need drug therapy.

Sadly, many mothers experience severe depression without recognising it as a treatable illness. This can mean the mother suffering needless distress and can also affect her family and friends. If a mother can recognise her condition then she may seek medical help at an earlier stage of the illness.

 Anxiety UK: Postnatal Anxiety

Anxiety UK is contacted by many new mums who are experiencing anxiety symptoms following pregnancy and birth of their child. Having a child not only causes huge changes to a womans body in terms of the physical shock and hormonal fluctuations (which in tern have an impact on mood), but can also have a big impact on family life, sleep levels and stress. All of these things can lead a person to become more anxious than usual.

 Maternal OCD

Maternal OCD is a charity co-founded by two mothers, Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson, who have experienced and recovered from extreme perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is a debilitating anxiety disorder which is treatable.

 Birth Trauma Association

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) supports all women who have had a traumatic birth experience. It is estimated that, in the UK alone, this may result in up to  20,000 women a year developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 Best Beginnings: Out of the Blue

Campaign to improve awareness and access to help for perinatal mental health problems, including informative videos.

 The Samaritans

Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.