Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 4th May 2021
We’ve all been talking about mental health during the pandemic but new Mums have definitely faced significant challenges over the last year, some of which have left them feeling a variety of feelings they weren’t expecting after the birth of their much longed for baby.
Many women attended their ante-natal and scan appointments without their partners or other support and some gave birth without their birth partner, all of which have left some women feeling “cheated” out of the pregnancy and birth they had planned and hoped for. Coupled with a lack of social support from friends, family and baby groups it is not surprising that families feel that they’ve missed out on some of the fun parts of having a new baby. Lots of mothers have now returned to work after maternity leave and continue to struggle with feelings of being overwhelmed, sad, isolated or lonely or may unknowingly have some of the symptoms of postnatal depression.
Looking after yourself and recognising that you might need a little support are signs that you are doing a great job and being a great Mum. It’s important to know that It’s OK not to be OK and that there is lots of support to help you.
Lewisham Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) has developed this page on Lewisham Councils website for women and their partners, friends and family, as a resource for getting help when they are experiencing some kind of mental distress, however mild or severe it may be. www.lewisham.gov.uk/notfeelingok
Lewisham Health Visiting Team have lots on information on Paternal Mental Health page on their website to help support your mental health, as well as links to other organisations you can also download the ‘Looking after your Mental Health during Pregnancy and After the Birth of your Baby’ leaflet at the bottom of the Paternal Mental Health page.
At the Children Centres we have a rolling programme of courses, workshops and sessions for you and your baby to come and have fun and meet new friends including Little Explorers, Baby Massage and OWL Babies. Visit our timetable page for more information.
You can also contact us via our enquiry form if you would like support or advice.
The Mindful Mums sessions are a great way to connect with other new Mums. Run by MIND with qualified peer supporters, these sessions can help you process some of your feelings around your pregnancy, birth and becoming a new parent in a positive and supportive group. If you have had a baby in the last year, please do contact them and book a place on one of their five week courses or join their Zoom Drop-in sessions.
The National Childbirth Trust help over a million mums and dads each year through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood. They offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents. The NCT also have some really helpful articles on your life as a new parent covering topics for both you and your partner such as bonding, how you might be feeling, and how you might be feeling about your new post-partum body.
Postnatal Helpline: 0300 330 0773
Pandas Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre or postnatal depression in England. Pandas helpline offers advice to all and much more
Helpline 0843 28 98 401
We will be posting more info, blogs and videos during Maternal Mental Health Week on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so please join us and remember you’re not alone, we hope to see you and your little one in our centres very soon and you can also contact us via our enquiry form if you would like any support or advice.