Having a baby is not an easy feat – especially your first, when you have nothing to compare the experience to and feel like you are thrown in the deep end.
Anxiety, stress and depression run rife through new mum camps, when all of those ideals and expectations of motherhood we had before and during pregnancy come crashing down. There’s the lack of support, the constant feeding or the endless problems with feeding, the sleep deprivation, and let’s not forget the overwhelming feeling of loneliness that comes with being a new mum. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to seek out professional help and have a chat to someone who won’t judge you or your parenting skills (or the fact that you have asked for help, which is often the hardest part) will listen and will offer advice and mechanisms for coping with your thoughts.
Most of these services will require you to have a referral from your GP, obstetrician or maternity provider, but here are some counselling support services available in Perth.
St John Of God Raphael Centre Address: Locations in Wembley, Fremantle, Cockburn and Midland.
Phone: 1800 524 484
SJOG Raphael Centre provides specialist treatment to mums, dads and families who experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues during pregnancy and following childbirth. Their services can be accessed from conception up until the child is four years of age. See your GP for a referral to access this free or low cost service.
Perth Postnatal Village runs free, monthly workshops where expectant and new mums will learn to feel confident and supported, plus learn simple steps to reduce isolation and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Brainbox Psychology offer postnatal depression counselling for mums who are adjusting to life with a baby, including hormonal changes, obsessive thoughts and the significant lifestyle and career changes a new baby brings.
Brain Wellness Spa, South Perth Address: 25 Lyall Street, South Perth.
Phone: 1300 215 897
The Brain Wellness Spa uses a unique, eight step emotional empowerment program to help clients deal with depression, including postnatal depression and anxiety.
Elyse Frankel is a clinical psychologist with expertise in postnatal depression and operates from Mount Lawley Counselling Centre. She can provide new parents with the opportunity to talk about their concerns over having a new baby in the home.
Women's Health and Family Services, Joondalup Address: Suite 6, Joondalup Lotteries House, 70 Davidson Terrace Joondalup.
Phone: 9300 1566
Gala's website has lots of free information and resources about coping with PND, including how to take time out for you.
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) Phone: National Helpline 1300 726 306
PANDA is a national helpline dedicated to helping new parents navigate the early stages (and beyond) of having a baby. You can ring them between 10am and 5pm, AEDT and discuss any concerns you are having.