The perinatal period is the time from your baby’s conception through their first year of life. It is a period of anticipation, and while this can be joyful it is also a time your mental health can be more vulnerable.
It is normal to feel tearful and anxious during the perinatal period, but if you or your partner are experiencing symptoms of mental ill-health for more than two weeks, it is important to seek help.
In Australia, 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience antenatal anxiety and/or antenatal depression. Also 1 in 6 women,and 1 in 10 men experience postnatal anxiety and/or postnatal depression.
Perinatal therapy can help overcome the challenges of pregnancy and post-partum, and help establish a strong foundation for you and your baby.
Unfortunately, at this time we don’t have a mental health practitioner who provides on-going care available at MAMA. Social Worker Rosie has gone on maternity leave from June 2022 and Psychologist Anne is focussing on her private practice outside of MAMA. We are searching for someone to take their spot and will update the website as soon as we can.
In the meantime, Rosie has provided the following recommendations:
- Mum’s matter: they provide 20 bulk billed/free sessions and specialist in pre and postnatal mental health. Waitlist is approximately 4ish months I believe. https://www.mumsmatterpsychology.com–
- Fertile ground also provides counselling support and also counselling around birth trauma, if this is required. https://www.fertileground.com.au
- If you are looking for more one off/ad hoc appointments then PANDA are really good too: https://panda.org.au
- Any other psychologist/counsellors that your GP is able to recommend.
If you’re looking for a birth debrief session, we do have Rhea Dempsey at MAMA once a month. More information and bookings are available at: https://midwivesandmothers.com.au/mama-family-clinic/counselling/