Postnatal depression is more common than you might think, it affects 1 in 10 women within a year of giving birth. There’s a whole range of feelings and emotions that fall under postnatal depression:
If any of these words describe how you feel then Maidenhead has a group dedicated to supporting new mums in their first year, the Postnatal Depression Group is a therapeutic listening group that offers the opportunity for mums to meet and share their feelings and emotions. It’s about sharing your experiences and listening to others (you’ll be amazed how similar they are!)
Sessions are facilitated by trained listener volunteers with heaps of experience and empathy. They are held each Monday 10.00 am – 11.30 am in Maidenhead. There’s no pressure, no judgement and all conversations are confidential. The group is open to those outside of Maidenhead as well.
The group also has a creche which is open each session to look after your little ones, this is run by a qualified creche leader and experienced volunteers. This gives mum’s an hour and a half to focus solely on themselves (with a hot cup of tea).
I used this group for 6 months and it was my life saver, I looked forward to sharing my anxieties, fears, emotions, challenges each week and hearing others share theirs. It isn’t counselling and the listeners aren’t trained counsellors, but it is cathartic, enlightening and helpful.
How to contact the group
If you think you might be suffering from Postnatal depression you can access the group in a number of ways
- Visit their Facebook page
- Call/Text 07552 980571
- Through the Health Visiting Team, by attending one of the drop in clinics (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Through your GP
Mind has a number of resources to support postnatal depression, its a safe space to read more about the feelings that may occur post birth.
PANDAS – is a charity that offer information and support on postnatal depression, they also have a helpline you can call.