Plunket supporting mums through postnatal depression

2048x2048pxFacebookPost MayAppealThis month we launched our postnatal depression fundraising campaign to help provide specialist services to mums who need support, help and advice with postnatal depression.

Parenthood is challenging in itself. But it is a little known fact that postnatal depression will affect between 10 to 20% of new mums in New Zealand.

Sarah* is a mum who suffered from postnatal depression. After the birth of her son, Sarah said she felt her life should have been beautiful and complete. Instead, postnatal depression had left Sarah feeling overwhelmed and like she had no idea how to cope with a new baby.

“I thought I was prepared for my baby, but my life was turned completely upside down. My baby didn’t sleep. I had so much trouble breastfeeding. I was sleep deprived, emotional and had overwhelming anxiety. How was I going to cope?”

Fortunately where Sarah lives she could access specialist support for mums with postnatal depression. She was able to spend extra time with a Plunket Nurse who gave her the professional guidance to begin to get through postnatal depression and connect her with support networks.

At present Plunket is only able to offer specialist help for postnatal depression in three areas around New Zealand. Time with a Plunket nurse was life changing for Sarah.

“I just trusted her straight away,” Sarah said of nurse Nic. “Everything she said, I just agreed with. She said to me, ‘this isn’t going to be forever. You’re going to get through this.’

Along with the support from Plunket’s other free community services, your donation could be the difference of supporting a mum, like Sarah, out of postnatal depression.

Donate now so we can offer more support to other mums.

Find out more about Sarah’s story and the work Plunket is doing to help.

For help with postnatal depression – find out more here  or call us on PlunketLine 0800 933 922.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy

 

2048x2048pxFacebookPost MayAppealThis month we launched our postnatal depression fundraising campaign to help provide specialist services to mums who need support, help and advice with postnatal depression.

Parenthood is challenging in itself. But it is a little known fact that postnatal depression will affect between 10 to 20% of new mums in New Zealand.

Sarah* is a mum who suffered from postnatal depression. After the birth of her son, Sarah said she felt her life should have been beautiful and complete. Instead, postnatal depression had left Sarah feeling overwhelmed and like she had no idea how to cope with a new baby.

“I thought I was prepared for my baby, but my life was turned completely upside down. My baby didn’t sleep. I had so much trouble breastfeeding. I was sleep deprived, emotional and had overwhelming anxiety. How was I going to cope?”

Fortunately where Sarah lives she could access specialist support for mums with postnatal depression. She was able to spend extra time with a Plunket Nurse who gave her the professional guidance to begin to get through postnatal depression and connect her with support networks.

At present Plunket is only able to offer specialist help for postnatal depression in three areas around New Zealand. Time with a Plunket nurse was life changing for Sarah.

“I just trusted her straight away,” Sarah said of nurse Nic. “Everything she said, I just agreed with. She said to me, ‘this isn’t going to be forever. You’re going to get through this.’

Along with the support from Plunket’s other free community services, your donation could be the difference of supporting a mum, like Sarah, out of postnatal depression.

Donate now so we can offer more support to other mums.

Find out more about Sarah’s story and the work Plunket is doing to help.

For help with postnatal depression – find out more here  or call us on PlunketLine 0800 933 922.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy

 

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