What is Postnatal Depression?
People expect that having a baby is going to be a source of happiness. However, for many new mothers it may not feel like this straight away, which can bring on strong feelings of anxiety. Some women may experience short periods of feeling emotional and tearful, which may be brief and manageable (the ‘baby blues'), others may develop deeper and longer-term depression (postnatal depression). In some case (very rarely) a new mother may experience an extremely severe form of depression, known as puerperal psychosis.
How common is Postnatal Depression?
Postnatal Depression is common. Between 10 and 15% of women experience Postnatal Depression after childbirth.
When does Postnatal Depression occur?
- Postnatal Depression usually develops within the first month following childbirth.
- It may develop out of severe ‘baby blues'.
- Episodes of depression may be more common in mothers for many months after having a baby.
- Where Postnatal Depression stops and ordinary depression begins is unclear.
What are the symptoms?
Postnatal depression (PND) isn’t just about feeling low, individuals may:
* Have no appetite or over eat for comfort
* May feel that they can't cope with their new baby
* Feel anxious
* Feel guilty
* Feel afraid to be alone with their baby
* Think life just isn't worth living
* PND can last weeks or months and can start anywhere between one to six months after the birth.
The cause of PND is not yet known, but it’s more likely if the individual has:
* Suffered from depression before
* Doesn't have a supportive partner or friends or family
* Their baby is unwell
* Lost their own mother when they were a child
* Have had several stresses in a short time
Postnatal Depression Training
This OCN accredited Postnatal Depression course is suitable for nannies, maternity nurses, doulas, midwives, health visitors and for or any others who work with post-natal mothers. This respected course teaches candidates more about post-natal depression, including providing support for mothers who may be suffering with postnatal depression.
Courses are facilitated by a highly experienced childcare specialist and trainer with expertise in this area.