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Caithness News Bulletins January 2003
There is life after birth!
Lorna and Christine met each other in Craig Dunain where they were both being treated for Post Natal depression. They clicked with each other in the way that only women can do when they share similar experiences and problems. The friendship they struck forged a bond that they still share four years later. The Inverness women have opened a web site on the Internet to help support other new mothers who are suffering the same traumas as they did. The women are also happy to help by telephone, hands on or by letter to give advice and empathy to other women who feel isolated and stigmatised by the fact that they are not totally at one with, and in love, with their babies.
Sally, Lorna, Tina and Jo
Christine is very frank about her experience and hopes she can use her story to help other mothers.
Lorna, who is now pregnant with her third baby and
thriving on it had a similar story to tell:
Christine and Lorna wanted to turn their experience around and help others. The majority of women would not have as bad an experience as Lorna and Christina had as their postnatal depression was particularly severe. Most women recover with help and support in their own home from their families, GPs, Midwives and Health Visitors, or indeed by contacting HAPIS.
The facts are that there have only been six admissions into New Craigs in the past year with postnatal depression. There are risk factors that can be identifed if someone is at risk but these are indicators rather than a trigger. However, death from a mental disorder after childbirth is far more prevalent than death from actually giving birth.
Both Christina and Lorna could not speak highly enough of Jo Veasey and the support she has given them. Jo is a Public Health Practitioner, working for Inverness Local Health Care Co-operative. She is from a midwife and health visiting background with a special interest in postnatal depression:
In the NHS Highland area, there are approximately 2,000 births a year. Out of these, 34 women will use existing mental health services, 4 might have to go to hospital, up to 300 will experience post-natal depression and up to 200 might have temporary emotional distress.
Sally Amor, a Public Health Specialist for NHS
and Michael Perera, Mental Services Development Manager for the
Highland Primary Care NHS Trust added:
The Hapis website number ishttp://www.hapis.org.uk/
Helpline Number : 0775 468 7423