“When I first became a mother, I didn’t know about depression. Now I would like to let everyone know about this problem.”
Recently, celebrities like Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore opened up about their struggles with postpartum depression. Some of the moms who are featured in the articles below, have also shared their postpartum depression with the world, despite a cultural stigma against discussing motherhood in less-than-glowing terms.
For this blog, we collated some outstanding stories, studies and guides for everyone who is, was or know someone who might be struggling with depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy.
We recommend you read these fantastic articles and blogs – postpartum moms open up:
- What Is Postpartum Depression? 5 Moms Tell Us About The Darkest Time In Their Lives
- When I first became a mother, I didn’t know about depression. Now I would like to let everyone know about this problem.
- Well melt me in butter and roll me in nuts, this illness will release its clutch
- Intrusive Thoughts – Postnatal Depression – OCD
- Having a baby is beautiful, but postpartum emotions are so hard
- Motherhood myths and postpartum depression
Useful material for care givers, nurses and health workers:
- Postpartum Depression / Postnatal Depression: The Basic Guide to Treatment and Support
- Basic Counselling Skills
- Maternal Mental Health – guide for health and social workers
Related recent research:
- Creating capabilities through maternal mental health Interventions
- Abuse in South African maternity settings is a disgrace: Potential solutions to the problem
- Stepped Care for Maternal Mental Health: A Case Study of the Perinatal Mental Health Project in South Africa
The Perinatal Mental Health Project in South Africa addresses the crisis of mental illness related to pregnancy among women living in adversity.
We are an independent initiative based at the University of Cape Town, located within the CPMH. The PMHP actively addresses the challenges associated with gender based violence, teen pregnancy, HIV, substance misuse, refugee status and early childhood development through its clinical engagement with vulnerable women and their families, through training of staff that interact with these women, through research projects and advocacy work.