A Christchurch postnatal depression survivor and psychologist have teamed up to write a book on postnatal depression which is due to be released this month.
Postpartum depression and anxiety: The definitive survival and recovery approach, will be sold in NZ, the UK and the US.
In it, Sonya Watson shares her struggles, while Kathryn Whitehead provides information on perinatal depression and anxiety (PNAD) as well as a self-help approach to the condition.
PNAD affects about one in five women. Suicide is the leading indirect cause of maternal death in New Zealand. It is seven times more common here than in the UK.
Watson said she had a strong sense of responsibility as a parent to look after Jack, but did not feel love for him until he was about one.
“People need to know it’s normal to feel vulnerable when becoming parents and it’s OK to ask for help”
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INFORMATION THAT MAY HELP
We’ve provided a number of resources written by parents to help other parents through their neonatal journey. These can help you bond with your baby, help with the stress of the journey, and support your partner:
- The Think REF – Health and Wellbeing support document, to prompt parents to look after themselves
- Kangaroo Cuddles is great for both bonding and development
- Thoughts on, and tips for Bonding with your baby
- It’s important to be conscious of Your Emotions
You can find our other support PDF’s available for viewing here
If you believe you or your partner are affected by PNAD, please contact the health providers listed at the end of the article.