Helping with postnatal depression

Supporting a mum with postnatal depression (PND)


Baby Matters was contacted by the mother of a 4 week old baby. The little one was very unsettled and was waking every 2 hours during the night. The mum had suffered from PND with her first baby and feeling the same symptoms with the new child she knew she needed support to help her through.

When we arrived at their home we immediately noticed the baby was in pain and after talking to the mum we were concerned the baby may have silent reflux. On our advice mum was able to see her GP that day, who confirmed the diagnosis and referred the baby to see a paediatrician at the hospital.

In the meantime, we showed mum some new positions to feed her baby; and we also fed the baby to allow her to get some rest. To help the baby become more settled with his feeds and sleeping routine we created an individual plan for mum to follow. We supported the family for 2 days and 2 nights each week to enable mum to both sleep well at night and have some time to herself during the day.

By the time the baby was 10 weeks old he was sleeping through the night and mum felt she did not need any treatment for her PND as she had all the support from us that she needed.