Aboriginal - a new baby
All mums, after they have babies, have some bad days when they feel really 'down' - this can be due to tiredness, being constantly on call, not being able to keep up with things, losing their old lifestyle and so on. This is normal.
|Mums need extra help and support when they are caring for a new baby - this is the time to accept offers of help and ask for what you need.|
|Most mums feel a bit sad and weepy a few days or so after they have a baby. This is due to all the changes in their own bodies and lives and it usually goes away before long. (The baby blues)|
|For some mums, however, it is more than just having a bad day or days - it's when the bad feelings take over - this is called post natal depression. |
|Postnatal depression can happen soon after birth or several weeks or months down the track. It is very distressing and can make life very difficult for a mother and her family but it can be helped and it is important to get support and help as soon as possible. Talk with your doctor or health worker.|
|Sometimes counselling and perhaps medicine may help. With support and time - you will begin to feel much better and will get back to feeling yourself again.|
|It is not your fault. Just like other illnesses, it happens to many new mothers, and you will get better.|
Here are some things to think about:
|Maybe you feel sad or have lost your spirit? How do you feel now?|
|Are there things to look forward to?|
|What makes you most sad?|
|What makes you feel good?|
More to read
There is a topic called Aboriginal parenting and families which has links to many Aboriginal Parent Easy Guides for Aboriginal parents.
You could have a look at these other topics too
And also the information on the Raising Children Network
|The information in this topic was developed by|
Child and Youth Health with help from:
- Aboriginal families and women from a number of
- Young Mum's groups in Adelaide
- Aboriginal staff from CYH
- Pika Wiya Health Service
- Aboriginal Health Council
- Aboriginal Health Worker Forum
- Background image, copyright with permission, R Taylor.
|With thanks to:|
- Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation whose work
'Pipirri Palya - kids are good' guided us.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.