Having a baby is the most amazing, but emotional thing you can ever experience. There really isn’t anything that can compare to the moment you first see your own child. The birth and those newborn days should be a happy time, but unfortunately for many it isn’t the way they expected it to be. This is why I wanted to let those who feel they may need some extra postnatal support, know where to find it in Cornwall. We all need a little support sometimes.
I won’t pretend to be an expert in postnatal depression, that would really be beyond patronising. I have however felt that surge of hormones after having a baby (I have two boys) and I can remember crying when my eldest cried as I was so tired and I thought he hated me when he wouldn’t stop crying.
Obviously he didn’t hate me, he was just a baby and they cry sometimes. For me it was a tricky first few weeks with him as much as I loved him, I was spending a lot of time alone with a crying newborn who I really had no idea what to do with. I felt lonely, useless and as if I was failing as a Mum.
All pretty ‘normal’ feelings, it gave me a couple of weeks where I felt really very low and I had moments after that where I felt the same but it got easier with time. Remembering how this made me feel in the short period of time that I had to cope with it, I can really not imagine just how bad it can be for Mums who feel like this or worse and for much longer.
I know there are so many women out there who struggle with postnatal depression and anxiety, and who could really do with some support or even just an understanding ear from people who know how they feel because they feel the same or similar. This is why when Outlook South West tweeted me recently to ask me to share a tweet with my Twitter followers (I did), I decided not to just leave it at that.
I wanted to write a quick blog post, so that those in Cornwall going through postnatal depression or anxiety or just feeling like they can’t cope right now, would be able to type in:
Where can I get post natal support in Cornwall? or ‘What help is there for post natal depression in Cornwall’
…and find an answer. Below is a poster for Outlook South West who are offering free courses to help new Mums who are struggling. The Falmouth course has started already, but has weeks to go, so don’t feel you can’t still get involved and go.
Who knows, you may find some extra support from the other parents attending as well, as they are likely to be feeling similar to how you are, and there are more dates and locations on the map image further down.
If you can’t make it to the Falmouth one, they are also running groups in different places around Cornwall, as you can see from the map below.
If you are struggling, please don’t think you are a bad parent or be too afraid to seek help because you’re worried what people will think of you. Asking for help takes strength, and we all need some sort of support sometimes.
Struggling means you are trying, and trying means you care which really is the most important thing. Take care, and please do contact your GP and/or Outlook South West if you think this applies to you.
For more information pop to the Outlook South West website.
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