Perinatal Mental Health is so important to families and the perinatal period can be a challenging time. Adjusting to life with a new baby is hard, and this can greatly impact emotional wellbeing. For some families the transition to parenthood is complicated by a pre-existing mental health condition or ones that develop postnatally such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD or OCD.
The impact on families can be devastating, especially if they are unable to access support. Coping day to day becomes hard, relationships can become strained and caring for their new baby overwhelming. For some families so serious is the issue that it can mean not being able functioning at all, resulting in the need to stay in mental health facility, sometimes meaning mum and baby are separated. Sadly for some families the consequences are the loss of a loved one to the ravages of perinatal mental health.
After the birth of my first daughter I suffered anxiety, panic attacks and many symptoms I couldn’t explain. It took me many years to access support and get a correct diagnosis. The effect on me was life changing.
I am now recovered, but I am passionate to use my experience to help others. I run a online support page to raise awareness of PTSD and Birth Trauma called Unfold Your Wings. I also co-founded the Birth Trauma Trust.
Birth can be a wonderful time of joy, but many women also find they struggle with a difficult birth experience, especially if they have had a baby in a neonatal unit or their birth didn’t go as they had planned. Being able to talk about their experiences with someone they trust and in a safe place is so important. Loving baby provides parents the chance to do this by a Birth Reflections Session, this can be on a one-to-one basis or group setting. Letting families know that their voice and story matters can help with healing and understanding feelings about a birth experience.
Making sure families can assess the support they need is vital. Talking to health care professionals and helping them understand perinatal mental health and the impact it has on families is an important part of families getting support. When healthcare professionals are aware of the signs of perinatal mental health conditions, where to signpost families for help and what they can do to support them, it can lessen the devastation that perinatal mental health can ravage on those affected.
I use my experience to help train healthcare professionals, birth workers and others on Birth Trauma, PTSD, emotional wellbeing, improving maternity services and how we can all work together to give families the care they deserve. I also do public speaking to help raise awareness.
If you would like to know more or if I can help you in any way please get in contact.
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