The tragic case of Felicia Boots killing her two babies whilst suffering from postnatal depression hit the news last week.
I understand postnatal depression is very different from the ‘baby blues’ which usually occur in the first few weeks of having a baby. The ‘baby blues’ usually disappear in the first few weeks those feelings of tearfulness with mood changes. Postnatal depression is something that around 10 – 15 per cent of new mums suffer from and even some dads may experience depression after the birth of their baby. If it goes undetected the baby may suffer also – mum is unable to respond as well to her baby.
Counselling, medication and friendships are some of the ways to help those suffering. Acacia Family Support in Sutton Coldfield offers great help providing hope, reassurance and encouragement from people who have suffered themselves.
I was speaking to a local Health Visitor for Sutton Coldfield who is a great believer in using group walking to help those suffering from PND. She said: ‘I do feel walking helps to lift the mood; being in the outdoors & seeing nature at its best. Walking in a group gives you the chance to chat – if you join a group you are more likely to go (even if it’s raining!)’
We know physical activity makes us feel good so if you have recently had a baby and finding life tough why not try our buggy walk in Sutton Park (Health officials have confirmed that it is safe for children to visit Sutton Park after an E.Coli outbreak put the area off limits to under 10’s) Meet up with other mums (& dads) at Wyndley Leisure Centre on Tuesdays 11am.