Back from a wonderful and much needed and anticipated holiday, I was expecting to feel a little blue as I returned back to work. Of course, I was anxious to meet up with all the families that have trusted me to care for them, catching up on their pregnancy journeys and experiences but nevertheless still lamenting the back to the 24hr 'phone on' and accessibility required to provide the care which I am passionate to provide.
In the midst of this I was exposed once more to the potential of the hidden face of depression. Depression that can lay as undercurrent in an individual's with far reaching consequences.
I am lucky to foster and benefit from mutually open and nurturing relationships with all my clients and welcome the opportunities to celebrate their abilities and achievements as well as aiding in recognising and supporting them through the inevitable challenges that they encounter.
Not everyone feels depression in their pregnancy or puerperium but there is a significant percentage to cause concerns. A Conservative estimate identifies that one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy and after birth. Depression negatively impacts on mothers, children and families. It can affect birth outcomes, bonding and long term mental health. When untreated, depression can also lead to tragic outcomes, including but not limited to suicide and infanticide.
Of course depression isn't just encountered as an aspect of pregnancy, I endeavour to support, nurture and encourage openness and awareness of all women who have trusted me with their with Gynaecological, and sexual health needs or concerns.
I love working with the women and their families that seek my care and enjoy the personal and trusting relationship that is fostered and afforded.
For anyone reading this that has any issues, I would encourage them to foster a relationship with your own health care providers, be they doctors,midwives or other health practitioners. Ensure a trusting, open and comfortable relationship that fosters an environment where you can explain your feelings and concerns and plan for more personalised support.
If this raises any concerns for you and you feel helpless or in need of support please consider the following:-
Petrina Duncan, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, and mother. Writes about events, news issues and health issues.