New research from The Baby Show has revealed that mothers across the UK are suffering in silence when it comes to the baby blues and postnatal depression after the birth of their children.
Worryingly, 23% of people who responded to the survey admitted to feeling isolated once they’d given birth and 6 in 10 women said they suffered from a form of the baby blues. The baby blues is a short period of feeling low, emotional and anxious and begins very shortly after a baby’s birth. It is a result of natural hormonal changes after giving birth and can last up to 10 days or even longer.
In the study of 1,000 mums, nearly half (44%) admitted to feeling isolated once they’d given birth and 6 in 10 (60%) women said they suffered from a form of the baby blues. The baby blues is a short period of feeling low, emotional and anxious that begins very shortly after a baby’s birth. It is a result of natural hormonal changes after giving birth and can last up to 10 days or even longer.
The most common source of support for post-partum mums was family members and friends, the majority (62%) said they didn’t get the support of treatment they really needed. The main reasons for their isolation were listed as their partners working all the time (47%) the feeling that they had lost their personal identity having become a ‘mum’ rather than the individual person they used to e (39%) and one in four (26%) saying it was because they didn’t feel there were enough places to go outside of their home that accommodate babies and young children.
Wing Yan Lee, Marketing Manager for The Baby Show says: “These results show that whilst having a new baby is meant to be a time of celebration and joy, a large number of mums are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thankfully, it is now much more acceptable to discuss mental health issues and to help raise awareness we are launching a brand new panel at this week’s Baby Show at London Olympia, where experts will be on hand to give advice. Our research has confirmed the need to put this taboo subject in the spotlight in order to provide better support for new parents. Having the knowledge of why these emotional changes occur, how to identify BB and PND and most importantly, how to deal with them is key to building confidence in new mums as well as their families.”
One speaker who will be discussing the issues both mums and dads experience with their emotions during the rollercoaster ride that is parenting is Rachel Boyd, Information Manager from the mental health charity, Mind.
She says: “Many parents worry about not bonding with their new baby, or that they’re not enjoying parenthood as much as they believe they should. Having a child is never going to be plain sailing all the time, but it’s really important that new parents talk about their feelings. It’s completely normal to feel emotional after such a huge life event, but if you’ve been feeling down for more than a couple of weeks, it could be a symptom of something more serious, such as postnatal depression. Although very common, far too often, new mums suffer in silence, but help is available.”