PERINATAL DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Often a number of symptoms of antenatal and postnatal depression or anxiety are dismissed, as they may overlap with common physiological symptoms of pregnancy and the postnatal period. Difficulty sleeping, nausea, tiredness and changes in appetite are common symptoms of pregnancy and postnatally, but may also be related to depression and anxiety. Other common symptoms of antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety include:
•Lack of energy
•Feelings of guilt
•Obsessiveness towards baby
•Feeling lack of bond with baby
•Difficulty getting organised
•Avoiding social contact
•Loss of interest in sex
Some women experience all of these symptoms and others may only a few. If these symptoms are experienced consistently over a few weeks, it may be time to seek some additional help and support.
GRIEF AND LOSS
Women and their families who have experienced grief and loss through miscarriage, premature birth, still birth and neonatal death, face a very difficult and emotional time. Unfortunately, it can also be an isolating experience, as we often hear families say that people would avoid them as they do not know what to say. Talking to a psychologist can help.
For some families there are difficulties falling pregnant, this too can have a big emotional impact with anxiety and worry related to falling pregnant, and grief and loss when difficulties arise. We provide support for women and families through preconception, IVF, and other fertility related difficulties.
NON-DIRECTIVE PREGNANCY COUNSELLING
Carla is a provider of Medicare’s non-directive pregnancy counselling for any pregnancy related concerns and support with pregnancy options, such as adoption and termination support.
SUPPORT ADJUSTING TO THE TRANSITIONS TO PARENTHOOD
Becoming parents means significant changes in life as you know it. It can be helpful to work through strategies to help with the transitions to parenthood.