Supporting women and families in the greater Wellington region since 1989

What is PND

The experience of post-natal distress will be at least slightly different for everyone. PND is the many forms of ongoing distress/depression that may affect mums or dads before or after the birth of their baby. It affects at least 1 in 5 post-natal women and their families. PND varies in severity, when it begins (usually the 1st year) and can affect any mum or dad. A woman with postnatal distress may lose interest in previously...

What causes PND

There is no straightforward answer. There are many theories, and some understanding of ’causes’ is often linked to what you call it eg. a post-traumatic response, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, anxiety or depression, or even the ups and downs of a relatively normal adjustment to the life-change of parenting. In general though, most forms of post-natal distress arise from different contributing factors, which coincide and interact with each other, leading inevitably to secondary effects...

Recognise PND

The experience of pregnancy, labour, and delivery, and all the events that may come before and after these, represent a period of great change in the lives of women and families. It is normal to expect a period of adjustment, and short-term effects, which will vary according to your own personal circumstance, even when all is going well. Partners and other family members may also experience difficulties adjusting to the arrival of a new baby....

Managing PND

How do I Know Whether to Seek Help? Ask yourself the following questions: is this a change from my usual self? do these things significantly impair my ability to engage with life and the important people in it? does it seem to be getting better or worse? when I have a bad day does it feel like the end of the world? do I have the resources I need available to me to overcome this? am...