Postnatal depression is a common occurrence in parents. Affecting more than 1 in every 10 women, if left untreated it can have a significant impact on themselves, their child and their family.
The Foundation recently supported The Baby Support Hub with a grant of £7,000 from its Women and Girls Fund, money that was awarded to the Heart of England as part of the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.
The group supports mothers with young babies, providing different sessions and support helping to tackle mental health problems, social isolation and bonding issues while improving confidence.
After some trepidation, Sophie, found the service highly beneficial:
“Before I had my little one, I planned out all the baby groups that I would go to when my husband had gone back to work, but doing this was so difficult, just getting out was a daily drama.
“People often talk about mums with postnatal depression, but you don’t think it will happen to you.
“When my little boy was 19 weeks, I found out about the Baby Hub on Facebook, I watched their posts and comments and one Thursday morning, feeling very nervous, I joined the group. It was the best thing I’ve ever done!”
It was difficult for Sophie but its clear the group has had an impact on her life:
“I suffered with anxiety after my son was born and I found it so hard.
“I had my down days after the birth, I spent most of my time crying alone.
“It’s a great support group, especially for us first timers. I’ve learnt so much since going and made some amazing friends! The ladies who run the group each week are brilliant, nothing is too much for them, and honestly, I think it’s the best group we go to.
“I wanted to say a big thank you, my life is so different now.”