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Reflections On Post-Natal Depression From NCT

NCT Response to 4Children campaign: Suffering in Silence

Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser at NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, said:

“Postnatal depression is a complex and sadly relatively common condition which can affect anyone, and is recognised in men as well as women. Lack of support and isolation are often key causes, as parents come to terms with their new role.

“Peer to peer support for families and providing quality information are at the heart of NCT’s work. Our antenatal and postnatal courses and local branch network provide a welcoming environment where expectant and new parents can share experiences and form close bonds with others in the same situation.

“We would like to see families well-supported throughout pregnancy, birth and in the early days of being a parent, with one-to-one care from a midwife who has time to get to know them and establish a relationship of trust. Midwives and other health professionals should also be aware of the condition, its symptoms, and how to refer families to get support. While antidepressants may help, many women benefit from counselling and other forms of support.”


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One thought on “Reflections On Post-Natal Depression From NCT

  1. I couldn’t agree more with that statement, however I think places like the NCT need to also recognise the need of parents of premature & sick babies. We miss out on antenatal classes as often the babies are born before these even start & although most units do offer support you are so caught up in the whole ‘coping’ situation & special baby care routines & everyday situations, you don’t realise how it is affecting you. It is not until you get your baby home, often after your local post natal groups have started, which if you do manage to get to are often interrupted by the frequent hospital readmissions or fear of your baby catching a cold & then needing readmission, that you suddenly sit down & consider the enormity of not only bring a new parent but also what you & your baby has been through, and then it hits. By that time the midwife us long gone & often the health visitor has little experience with prem babies &/or isn’t much good. My own health visitor was as useful as a chocolate teapot. She asked me to do a PND questionnaire, told me I’d scored highly on it & to look after myself & never mentioned it again. Bliss can help & the local scbu may run monthly prem baby meets but not many want to sit & breakdown in front if a room full of people. It’s a tough one as this doesn’t always occur immediately after birth.

    Posted by The Rambling Pages | October 3, 2011, 11:24 am

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