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Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression.jpgA mum and wife of an Army major tragically killed herself by throwing herself in front on a train. Emma, who was a University researcher, found it extremely hard to cope with her six month old son and told her family that she needed extra help because she was really struggling. And although the 32-year-old was hugely supported by her husband, Major Steve Cadywould, and their extended family, she could not adjust to her new life.

Baby Harrison was said to be a fretful baby who would wake up 20 times a night and although her family now say she had expressed suicidal thoughts she also talked of ‘normal domestic’ matters on the day of her death

Paying tribute to Emma on her fundraising website, her sister said ‘Since we lost Emma we have become aware of some astonishing and desperately sad statistics. In the UK, one mother a week will be totally overwhelmed by post natal depression and will tragically be lost to a loving family.’

It's very important to understand that postnatal depression is an illness. Having it does not mean you do not love or care for your baby. Postnatal depression can be lonely, distressing and frightening, but there are many treatments available including self-help advice, talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and antidepressant medication.

For confidential support and baby blues advice Simply Better Births are just a phone call away: 0844 8801084.