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    it's not something I'd wish on anyone it's a bit like post traumatic stress disorder than Pnd, for me at least, like flash back, anxiety attacks, I constantly constantly checked on him. The whole attachment parenting thing came for me because it was just easier to sleep with my hand on his chest, than having to check him every 30 minutes.



    Therapy was great. I really liked group. I was so horribly nervous the first few times, I physically shook most of the time but it was so great. Even though nobody had had my experience to hear that other people had felt (or were feeling) what I was feeling made me feel so much better. Like lifted some the weight of also feeling like I should just be able to suck it up.

    But there's positives. Like having had a bad sleeper who still wakes at night, I just need to remind myself I nearly lost him and I feel like what's another sleepless night to have my son alive with me. Every day is so precious.

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    I have been under the care of the psych team at KEMH for three years now with both pregnancies and post-natal periods. I cannot speak highly enough of the team and even though I haven't stayed there, the Mother-Baby unit is considered to be one of the best in the country.

    They are fabulous - please, take the opportunity, you won't know yourself!!

    I'm sorry you are feeling so rotten but I PROMISE there is light at the end if the tunnel

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    Awwww hun, you should be soooo proud of yourself to admit you need help. I sometimes wonder how many women actually fill in these questionnaires with full honesty.......

    My son turning blue would scare the living daylight out of me too and I wouldn't recover easily from that either. It's very normal to be a little anxious about it. Yet I guess in your case it's a bit more than a little.

    Im a counselor for LifeLine. People who talk to us, have already started fixing their problem by just picking up the phone. Admitting there is a problem is 50% of the solution.

    I wish you goodluck on this tough journey, but know you're not alone. If you ever need a vent, just come onto BH and vent your heart out. We're here to listen to you xox

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    Sorry to bump and old(ish) thread but I did a search on depression and this came up.

    I have severe mental issues related to the postnatel/ante natel period and have been hospitalised 4 times in total (I am pregnant with #5).

    All this has spanned the last 8 years though and 5 pregnancies with 4 births so I consider myself lucky to have had big stretches where I was "healthy".

    I have been case managed on and off for the last 8 years and have been on meds for most the past 8 years also. I cope for the most part and besides the hospital stays my life is pretty stable - thanks to all the help I recieve.

    If you are suffering/struggling with mental health issues you CAN get help and you CAN recover. Be prepared for periods of remission and then periods of relapse during other pregnancies and new births etc. You can deal with this and parent effectively!

    Mother/baby units are also fairly nice places to be. The one I was admitted too had 5 rooms (baby roomed in with mum) and the rooms surrounded a common room with a kitchen that had sterilisers, a fridge, hot water system etc and you pretty much took care of yourself and they brought your meals to you (lunch and dinner) and you prepared your own breakfast (they provided cereal, bread, milk, juice etc). You had a TV (with austar/foxtel) and my last admission they even had a Wii!!! they have programs to help with your recovery as well as things like arts and crafts. They had sTeep school and parenting classes, massage, movie nights, fish and chips every friday etc. It wasn't anything like the movies!!!!

    The rooms themselves were nice, mine had flower decals on the walls and you get your own shower/toilet. You have use of a communal laundrey to do your own washing and the mother/baby unit provides nappies for you or you can go to the shops and buy your own (if an involuntary patient you cannot go to the shops without an escort - which can be a pain so go as a voluntary patient if at all possible as you get so many more privileges.
    You are not allowed things like razors, areosol cans or anything that can be fashioned into a cutting implement. To shave your legs you need to ask for your razor from the nurses and then they stand outside the shower (you have a curtain) and they make sure you don't harm yourself. They bring your meds to you each morning/night and they do "welfare" checks on you every 15 mins - half hour or so.

    I still have friends who I met in hospital and they are all doing well - for most people they only need 1 or 2 admissions in their lifetime!
    Last edited by ConfettiGirl; 22-10-2010 at 17:05. Reason: Deleted the personal details regarding my admissions - not ready to share that info publicly yet.

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    Thanx for all the kindness guys. Still a bit upset but I rang them and refered myself so I will hear from them soon. It's very nerve racking but I want to get the help. I was taking about it at my therapy group yest and a girl I know has stayed there so I'm not as worried. Il let you know how I go x

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell87 View Post
    Thanx for all the kindness guys. Still a bit upset but I rang them and refered myself so I will hear from them soon. It's very nerve racking but I want to get the help. I was taking about it at my therapy group yest and a girl I know has stayed there so I'm not as worried. Il let you know how I go x
    Good for you hun. I hope all goes well and please do let us know how you go. Im sure with the right help there, you will be alright.
    Biiiiiiig hugs

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    firstlt *hugs*
    Secondly - you're not alone,
    ds was seven weeks old when he contracted really bad rsv / bronch,
    It resulted in a 4 am ambulance trip 45 minutes away to the nearest base hospital and oxygen for 6 days.
    During our stay a 6 month old bub died in the cot next to ds while I was watching.
    He's 20 weeks old now and I'm only just starting to feel okay to let him out of my sight for 5 minutes or so.

    Hope you're help comes quickly and bub is okay now.

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    Default Beware of the Cog Behav Therapist

    My stay at King Edwards Mums and Bubs unit was excellent. My only criticism was a very unprofessional cognitive behavioral therapist they had there called Marie. She was an incredible bully. Especially towards anyone who questioned her views and did not bow down to her. If she is still there, just try and ignore her power plays, and take everything she says with a grain of salt. If she starts to bully you, draw on your inner strength, and just ignore her as best you can. You will not be in a position of equal power as a mental health patient at the MBU, so you kinda just have to tow the line and jump through her hoops until you are discharged. You will have the opportunity to issue a complaint about her at the end of your stay, unless she has changed her ways, in which case a complaint won't be necessary. I hope that is the case by now, for the sake of the vulnerable mums that go through there. Everyone else at the unit - the doctors, nurses, right through to the cleaning staff, were absolutely lovely and very professional. Despite that one unprofessional person I mentioned, I still highly recommend the king edward MBU.

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    I had PND and anxiety but I've never been admitted. But it is important to get help and you'll feel so much better once you do. You will have your baby with you and as scary as it seems now you will be fine, they are there to help you get better


 

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