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Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)

Lifeline: 13 11 14
Mensline: 1300 789 978
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Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Rurallink: 1800 522 002

Mental health issues during pregnancy and after childbirth

The pregnancy, birth and the first 12 months of life are different for every child, even for children from the same family. For parents, the birth of a child is a major adjustment. With new routines brings a range of mixed emotions including mood swings, anxiety, excitement and concerns about delivery and the wellbeing of the baby experiencing ups and downs are normal.1

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging things you’ve ever done. When facing new challenges in life such as being a parent, we are sometimes unable to cope and at other times it can be overwhelming.2

For a variety of reasons there are a number of emotional issues that can develop during pregnancy or following childbirth. Many of these mental health issues are common, and while Postpartum Psychosis is a serious mental health condition it rarely occurs.

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