Perinatal Mental Health - MindSpot Clinic

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Perinatal Mental Health

Having a new baby can be an exciting time, but it can also come with unexpected challenges for parents. Between sleepless nights, disruption to routine, changes in hormones, and shifts to the family dynamic, it is no wonder many people struggle.

Anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the first-year post-birth is very common for both women and partners.

  • Antenatal anxiety and depression occurs during pregnancy. This affects 1 in 10 women.
  • Postnatal anxiety and depression occurs within the first 12 months after birth. This affects 1 in 6 women.

As many people struggle with their mental health before and during pregnancy and continue to after childbirth, we use the term ‘Perinatal’ to cover the period from conception until the baby is 12 months old. People who have a history of anxiety and depression, as well as people who have never experienced them can be affected.

1 in 5 mums, and 1 in 10 partners, experience depression or anxiety in the perinatal period.

Managing Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

If you are concerned about how you, your partner or someone close to you is coping, you may find our perinatal mental health resources helpful. These resources contain useful information, practical coping strategies, and guidance on where to get help.

PANDA supports women and their families who are suffering perinatal anxiety or depression

Gidget Foundation supports the emotional wellbeing of expecting and new parents

Healthy Families (BeyondBlue) provides information and support to parents, guardians and families, and support for mental health and wellbeing

Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) provides support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent

What Were We Thinking (WWWT; Monash University) provides information and resources for new parents

Online Treatment

Another option is online treatment. The MindSpot Clinic offers free online and telephone delivered Treatment Courses which help people manage their symptoms stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.

Get started by completing our brief online assessment, or read more about our treatment courses.

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