Checklist to help mothers
NEW and expectant mothers are being urged be mindful of their mental health as postnatal depression comes into sharp focus.
Not-for-profit organisation beyondblue is providing an online checklist for mums as part of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, from tomorrow.
The 10-question checklist, based on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, allows parents and their doctors a gauge on coping and provides advice.
Expectant mother Laura Mazza supported the initiative after suffering postnatal depression during her first two pregnancies.
“It was a really hard time and I couldn’t understand why I didn’t have those gushing feelings of love that you’re supposed to have for your baby,” Ms Mazza said.
“I felt like I was a bad mother. When I did ask for help, I felt this enormous sense of relief because I could be open about how I was feeling and I got the support I needed.”
Beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said the checklist would enable mothers to get the support they needed.
Grant Hackett in Prahran, following his move to Melbourne to be close to his ex-wife, Candice, below with one of their twins. Main picture: ROB LEESON