One of the most heartbreaking aspects of postnatal depression and anxiety is how the fear of judgement can prevent parents from being honest about what they’re feeling. This is a valid fear, after all, people who don’t understand what PNDA is can be dismissive, harsh or expect you to ‘just toughen up’.
It seems there are two major camps when it comes to childbirth ideologies. There are the mothers who have natural, drug-free births, and at the other end of the scale, the mothers who elect to have epidurals.
Postnatal depression and anxiety affects one in 10 women and one in 20 men in Australia, yet it is still a mental health issue that is largely misunderstood and perhaps even feared in our society.
When I was pregnant, my husband and I would often get asked how many kids we wanted. We had a standard reply: “We’ll just start with one and see how that goes.” Sure, we probably want more than one baby, but we just don’t see the point in telling people what our ‘magic number’ is. So, […]