Postnatal depression is a type of depression that can affect both new mothers and fathers as they navigate the significant life changes that come with parenthood. Despite the joy and anticipation surrounding the arrival of a new baby, postnatal depression can cast a shadow on this. In this article, Emma Cronin, registered nurse and midwife in AXA Health’s 24/7 support line for members will explore the potential signs and symptoms of postnatal depression, as well as the causes, and some of the treatment options.
It's important to note that postnatal depression is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. It's a widespread condition that affects new parents to varying degrees. In the UK, approximately eight out of ten new mothers experience what is commonly referred to as the "baby blues," which typically subsides within a few weeks, however postnatal depression affects around one in ten new mothers in the UK1.