Postnatal depression can start at any time in the first year after giving birth. It may develop suddenly or gradually affecting women in different ways.
The symptoms can be very similar to the symptoms of depression:
loss of interest
fatigue or low energy for most days over the course of two weeks.
self-critical thinking and increased worrying
reduced concentration and attention
reduced self-esteem and self-confidence
disturbed sleep and changes in appetite
Another mental health problem that can occur after childbirth is postpartum psychosis or puerperal psychosis. This can start within hours, days or weeks after giving birth. Women may experience psychotic symptoms such as hearing or seeing things that are not there or believing things and being convinced of things that are not true and mood swings and/or particularly high or low moods. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to ask for help.
Our expert panel of midwives, psychologist and psychotherapist can help you go through this difficult time.
Please contact us to discuss your individual needs and how we can help you.