The New Zealand Herald
Things for loved ones to ask to open the conversation
● How are you finding bonding with the baby?
● On a scale of 1-10 how has your mood been today?
● How many times have you cried today?
● How many times have you cried over the same thing?
● How are you finding the role of motherhood? You can be open with me, I’m not going to judge you.
● Are you having any negative thoughts?
● Is that something that would be useful to bring up with your midwife?
Symptoms of postnatal depression can include:
● Feeling low, sad, or depressed
● Having thoughts about harming yourself or the baby
● Losing interest or pleasure in usual activities
● Becoming irritable or angry for no reason
● Not feeling bonded or connected with your baby
● A change in sleeping patterns, even when baby is settled
● Feeling anxious or panicky about the baby
● A change in appetite
● Decreased energy and fatigue
● Feeling worthless or guilty
● Having thoughts of helplessness or death
● Having trouble thinking clearly Feeling anxious
Where to get help
● Contact your midwife or GP if you have one
● Call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
● Call PlunketLine 24/ 7: 0800 933 922
● Depression helpline: Freephone 0800 111 757
● Healthline: 0800 611 116 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week and free to callers throughout New Zealand, including from a mobile phone)
● Lifeline: 0800 543 35
● Samaritans: 0800 726 666