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Care and support on hand when worries get too much

05 December 2022

Mental health Perinatal mental health
Becoming a parent can provide such joy and excitement for women and their families but sometimes this joyous time can be affected by perinatal depression and anxiety. Social Worker Kelly Jacobson explains that help is available to manage these feelings.

Pregnancy and birth have huge changes on a women’s physical health – the growing bump is obvious to see from about halfway through the pregnancy.

What isn’t quite so obvious are the changes pregnancy and birth can have on a woman’s emotional wellbeing.

Changes in hormones, lifestyle, and concerns brought about by the pregnancy can all affect your emotional health.

Did you know? Perinatal anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the first year of parenthood can affect up to one in five expecting or new mums.

Dads are not excluded with some reports saying one in 10 new dads also experience anxiety and depression at this time.

Support for new mums and families

That is why we offer dedicated services to support women and families at this time.

We offer support for new mums, dads and families through St John of God Raphael Services.

These specialist services are available to mothers, fathers and other carers who experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy and following childbirth.

They can be accessed in person or via telehealth.

Seek help early

Perinatal depression and anxiety can affect anyone and it is important to seek help as soon as you can.

It is important to remember that these conditions are treatable, and the earlier you start treatment, the sooner you can start to feel better.

Your general practitioner (GP) can refer you to a specialist support service such as our Raphael Services.

Support is at hand

If you are in crisis, contact your closest emergency department or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Other support is available through:

St John of God Health Care Kelly Jacobson
Kelly Jacobson - Social Worker

Kelly Jacobson has been a practicing social worker since 1998, having held roles in the education, out of home care and family services sectors before beginning at the St John of God Raphael Service in 2010. Kelly has a post graduate diploma in infant parent mental health and is highly passionate about supporting parents and families to be able to provide their children the best possible start in life.