Mental Health Before and After Baby

Having a baby affects your mood and emotional health, and some mums can develop post-natal depression. It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling, and help and support is available from your Healthy Family team.

Having a new baby can be a wonderful time but it is also very challenging for parents, it’s normal to experience changes in your mood and mental health, but sometimes they can be more serious. These feelings can also affect your partner. It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling with your Healthy Family team, and your family and friends.

You can find out more information about the range of emotions you might experience and when you might need some additional help from these websites:

Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health

NHS Postnatal depression

Nottinghamshire Talking Therapies

Trent PTS

Factographic new parents during the pandemicIf you became a parent during the pandemic, then this infographic might provide you with some sources of support

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Partners need to look after their mental health too, as having a new baby in the house can be a lovely, but challenging tim.  Take a look at the information MIND have put together for Partners

Parent Health and Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) Groups

Nottinghamshire Children’s Centre Service :   Lots of parents need a little support from other mums and dads, especially when they have a new baby.  Contact your local Children’s Centre to discuss the help they can offer such as PHEW Groups (Parent Health & Emotional Wellbeing).  To request a service, take a look at … or for more information, take a look at the PHEW Groups leaflet

Family Action Perinatal Support Services

Take a look at this video from our friends at Family Action to hear other parents talking about their experiences:  

Perinatal Support Services - Family Action short film

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has some guides to help with emotional health and wellbeing:








Maternal Mental Health

Taking care of your maternal mental health is important, take a look at the Children's Centre Service helpful tips and advice below:







Talking Therapies

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Talking Therapies is a free and confidential NHS service designed to help with common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Anyone aged 18 years or over and registered with a GP can access support, though a GP referral is not necessary as you can self-refer.

Find out more go to:

Page last reviewed: 04/08/2023

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