If you are suffering from a postnatal mood disorder,
having the support of a partner can be helpful. Below are some tips for
supporting an expectant or new mother who has symptoms of depression
There is a widespread belief that antenatal and postnatal depression is
only experienced by women. Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that
this is not the case. It is believed that around one in 14 men will
experience depression during the antenatal and postnatal period, with
some evidence suggesting that the figure could be as high as one in
This is an uncommon disorder that occurs in 1 - 2 per 1,000 women and
has a sudden onset with severe symptoms - usually within 2 - 3 weeks of
The relationship between postnatal depression and breastfeeding is complex and different for each woman, it can be positive or negative.
More than 15% of women and 10% of men develop postnatal depression. Many
women do not know that postnatal depression can occur after delivery
and typically blame themselves, their partners or their baby for the way
The term baby blues refers to a
brief episode of mood swings, tearfulness, anxiety and difficulty in
sleeping that is very common in the first week after the birth of a
baby. Some 50-80% of women have such an experience. Read how to cope.
Most people are familiar with the term 'postnatal depression' but what is perinatal depression? And how many women will develop it?
While there is nothing like the wonder of a brand new life, both parents may be wondering how they are going to cope. What are symptons of PND?