Postnatal depression / Postpartum psychosis

The acts of giving birth and taking home a new baby are generally viewed as celebrations that elicit joy, excitement, fulfilment and hope. But the truth is that many women experience significant feelings of anxiety and depression after the birth of their baby, resulting from issues such as a lack of sleep and disruption of order and routine; loss of self-esteem resulting from their role changing from that of career woman to mother; relationship stresses or breakdown as both parents struggle to cope with the demands of parenting; loneliness and stress in cases of single parenting; and the financial pressures of providing for a new child.

Akeso’s postnatal depression units and programmes cater specifically for new mothers and their babies, providing a sharing and caring environment in which mothers can benefit from treatment with the assurance that their babies are being cared for by qualified and nurturing staff. With professional help and support, postnatal depression is temporary and treatable.

Self-assessment tools

The self-assessment tools are simple yes/no questions that can help you understand if you, or a loved one, may need assistance with what you're experiencing. There are five self-assessment tools to choose from.

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Postnatal depression unit