Have you noticed something different about your partner?

  • Has she lost her smile?

  • Is she exhausted?

  • Is she crying a lot?

  • Is she putting herself down?

  • Does noise irritate her?

  • Is she quick to get angry?

  • Is she withdrawing from her friends and relatives?

  • Is she reluctant to accept help?

  • Is she covering up her feelings?

If you are concerned about changes in your partner she could be suffering from post-natal distress.

Symptoms of Post Natal Depression:

A mother may experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • chronic fatigue

  • tearfulness

  • mood swings

  • anxiety

  • insomnia

  • irregular eating patterns

  • lack of concentration

  • poor memory

  • loss of interest in sex

  • inability to get organised

  • feelings of guilt

  • feelings of worthlessness

  • feelings of being unable to cope with baby

  • negative feelings towards baby

  • general social withdrawal 

Help

The Post-natal Distress Support Group can help with:

  • caring and understanding support by health professionals

  • moral support and encouragement from others who have had similar experiences

  • options for self-help

  • on-going support

Benefits:

  • help with problem-solving

  • sharing your cares and concerns

  • special time each week set aside for you

  • partner involvement if appropriate

  • linking with other mothers who understand your feelings

  • opportunity to talk to health professionals who understand post-natal disorders 

Post Natal Distress Support Group

This group is supported by

Sessions are held on Wednesday mornings 10 am - noon

And during the evenings from 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm

Initial consultation with Nurse Manager is required before starting the group

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Is this common?
A:  Yes. It can affect 1 in 10 women

Q:  Who Can get it?
A:  Any woman can be affected regardless of age, ethnicity or background

Q:  When can it occur?
A:  It generally occurs in the weeks and months after childbirth. However changes may occur in the few weeks before delivery and up to one year later

Q:  Is it treatable?
A:  Yes. Early recognition and help will lead to both you and your partner feeling better, sooner

Q:  Will she be like this all the time?
A:  No. There will be good days and bad days

Q:  Will it affect our relationship?
A:  Unless it is treated it can cause significant distress in a relationship.