Mothers support groups
Just as pregnancy can be a joyous time for some and a hormonally-crazed, difficult time for others, so too can motherhood create a variety of emotions. Most women who are adjusting to life with a baby –whether it is their first or fourth - need some level of support, either from friends, family or, in more difficult circumstances, professionals.
Friends and family
For some women, the simple offer from friends and family of practical assistance to help get through the growing list of daily chores associated with motherhood might be just the thing to help lift them from their slump. For others, an invitation to a fun activity – a break from being home with baby – might be a perfect antidote to isolation.
Kidspot Social has thousands of mums from all over New Zealand who are just like you, would love to meet up online, make friendships and offer a support and advice. It’s free and offers a supportive social network for mums no matter where you live.
Professional support services for new mums
Ask your doctor or maternal and child health care worker to discuss what type of support service or organisation will be best for you and your individual circumstances. Be aware that the third-day baby blues can turn into serious postnatal depression, so if you are experiencing continued feelings of depression, seek help from a professional resourse. For new mothers who think they may be suffering from postnatal depression, or need support understanding the changes, emotional support provided by professional counselling will be more beneficial than that which family and friends are able to provide.
- Third day baby blues
- You and your baby after birth
- Your post-baby body
- Find your birth group
- Meet mums in your local area on Kidspot Social
This article was written by Claire Halliday for New Zealand’s leading pregnancy resource, Kidspot.Sources include Post and Ante Natal Depression Association, the Women’s And Children’s Hospital, Adelaide and The Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria.