Postnatal depression

Many parents can experience postnatal depression after having a baby.

It usually develops in the first four to six weeks after childbirth, although in some cases it may not develop for several months.

There are many symptoms of postnatal depression, such as low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping. Many women are not aware they have the condition.

It's common to experience mood changes, irritability and tearfulness after birth; the so-called ‘baby blues’. These normally clear up within a few weeks. But if symptoms persist it could be the result of postnatal depression.

It's important for partners, family and friends to recognise signs of postnatal depression as early as possible and seek professional advice.

Read more about postnatal depression on the NHS website.

Our services

Our Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service can support parents who are experiencing severe mental health problems during pregnancy and up to a year after birth.