1 in 10 women are affected by postnatal illness within a year of giving birth.
Dads and partners are also sometimes affected.
It's a medical illness and you can get help.
More than the blues...
It's normal to feel teary or anxious in the first couple of weeks after birth. But if you're still feeling it later on, you might have postnatal depression.
Symptoms may develop over time and can include:
- always feeling sad or low
- trouble sleeping
- difficulty bonding with your baby
- loss of interest in the wider world
- frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby.
Herts Postnatal Illness Support volunteers
This is a charity whose team of committed volunteers use their own life experiences of postnatal illness to support mums and dads across Hertfordshire.
They offer families support, information and suggestions on how to cope with postnatal illness.
Contact Charlotte (01727 826627)
Petra (01727 823466)