Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

Perinatal  Anxiety and Depression

Becoming a new mum and dad is both exciting and tough at times.

Anxiety and Depression in pregnancy and after the baby is born is very common and can affect anyone.

Up to one in five expecting or new mothers and one in ten expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety or depression. Around 100,000 families will be affected by this illness every year across Australia.

Although these emotional challenges are very common, often they are not spoken about.

The theme of this year’s PANDA Week campaign is ‘I wish I knew’, because many expecting and new mums and dads are surprised and shocked by how challenging becoming a parent can be.

If you have concerns about your thoughts, feelings or behaviours we encourage you to seek help. Seeking help early leads to a faster recovery with less impact on you, and on your relationship with your baby,
partner and family.

People you can talk to include your GP, obstetrician, midwife, child health clinic or Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre.

To make a booking to attend Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre, please phone 07 3163 2229.

Further information is available online via:

Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre

Beyond Blue


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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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