New parents in Dorset reminded help is still available

New parents in Dorset reminded help is still available

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:26am 21st May 2020.

Being a new parent is hard, but it's even more difficult during a global pandemic.

That's why Dorset HealthCare are making health visitors available to new parents struggling to adapt to life with a child amid COVID-19.

One in 10 women experience post-natal depression within a year of giving birth. 

Depression can also affect women during pregnancy as well as fathers and partners.

The NHS Trust say it's important new parents who feel they might be depressed to remember they aren't alone. 

dad holding baby

Shirley Shailer, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Clinical Lead at Dorset HealthCare, said:

"Pregnancy, becoming a parent and caring for a new baby is a really exciting and wonderful time, but it can also be a difficult time, with lots of changes and new challenges.  

"As parents adjust to these changes, they will often enjoy the help from friends and family, along with support from the midwife, GP and Health Visitor.

"However, in recent weeks it has not been possible for new parents to have contact with family and friends in the same way.

"There have also been changes to how health appointments are offered and health professionals are now wearing face masks and other protective gear.

mum and baby

"Understandably, more parents are suffering with anxiety and are feeling isolated.

"I would encourage all parents to talk to their Health Visitor about how they feel - Health Visitors are interested in the emotional health of the whole family, as well as the practical aspects of becoming a parent.

"We are still here and we want to support you, so if you think you may be suffering with mental health problems, don't delay - please call us."


'Contact Information'

They're urging anyone affected to contact their Midwife, Health Visitor or GP.

You can get in touch with your local Health Visiting team on their website.

If you require urgent mental health support call Connection, a 24-hour helpline, on 0300 123 5440.