The birth of a child can be a happy and exciting time, however, following childbirth some women may experience “the baby blues” as a result of tiredness, hormonal changes and adjusting to one of the most significant life transitions of becoming a mother. The “baby blues” is considered normal and mostly does not last for more than two weeks after giving birth. If symptoms persist, or start later it could be a sign of postnatal depression. Postnatal depression is a common problem, affecting more that 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. Fathers and partners can also be affected.
Signs that you might have postnatal depression include:
· a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
· Loss of motivation or interest in things
· lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
· trouble sleeping
· difficulty bonding with your baby
· withdrawing from contact with other people
· problems concentrating and making decisions
· frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby
Having a new born baby can be time consuming and many people struggle to find childcare. With these issues in mind we have developed a service that allows you to access therapy from the comfort of your home, while your baby is asleep or with your partner.
If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression speak initially to your GP or health visitor. Getting support as soon as possible will ensure a better experience for both you and your baby. If you would like an assessment for psychological therapy the psychologists at Psyma can offer an initial consultation and will work closely with other professionals involved in your care to ensure your needs are met.