Maternity

Support for mums and families

Perinatal depression and anxiety, often referred to as postnatal depression, can begin during pregnancy, immediately after birth, or in the weeks or months after childbirth.

Caregiver with patient and her baby

If you are pregnant or you have recently welcomed a baby and you're struggling to adjust, you're not alone.

We're here to support your health and wellbeing so you can enjoy family life.

Our services that support new mums and families

Support for new mums, dads and families is offered by our Raphael Services. These specialist services are available to mothers, fathers and other carers who experience anxiety, depression and other mental health issues during pregnancy and following childbirth (the perinatal period).

When your partner is suffering from perinatal depression or anxiety, you are twice as likely to experience some symptoms yourself.

Risk factors

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

In the event of a crisis, contact your closest emergency department or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Other support services

You can also access support through: