24 Aug 2023

Post natal depression: symptoms and strategies

From Nine To Noon, 11:28 am on 24 August 2023
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The birth of a child is supposed to be a time of joy and wonder at new life.

But it also can be a very difficult time, and for thousands of New Zealand, childbirth can also lead to post natal depression.

This might mean feeling down and worthless, low in energy and feeling like you can't cope.

Clinical Psychologist Jacqui Maguire says it's really important to realise it doesn't mean you're a bad parent.

She talks with Susie about symptoms and strategies, and says talking to your GP or Plunket nurse is the best first step, for anyone concerned they may be experiencing PND.