Around one in five women will experience a mental health issue during pregnancy or within a year after birth.
We know it can be difficult to express how you feel, and to try to share your feelings with those close to you. In our experience, being able to talk to someone that is not directly involved, like a counsellor, can be helpful.
Our service offers you a safe space to talk, and the support to begin to explore and understand thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.
Whether it is through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion, the loss of a pregnancy can have a huge impact on women and their families. It can often feel that society does very little to acknowledge this impact. This can create a sense of isolation, which in turn can lead to the belief that you have no right to express difficult feelings about your personal experience.
Many women experience trauma pre and/or post birth. It may be emotional or physical. It might relate to a difficult labour, an unplanned caesarean section, or emergency treatment during labour. Women can also experience trauma when the birth was uncomplicated.
Postnatal depression or anxiety
Postnatal depression or anxiety can affect women in different ways. It can be experienced by women whether their pregnancy has been complicated or straightforward.
Women often talk about the sense of isolation they feel, along with other emotions such as feeling sad and tearful for no apparent reason, struggling to cope with day to day tasks or feeling tired, irritable or angry. It can be difficult to understand and that can make it even more difficult to discuss.
Women also say they can have intense feelings of fear and panic, intrusive thoughts and sometimes insomnia. At times all of these feelings can become overwhelming. This may go on for some months.