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Postnatal depression and postpartum depression often comes up on First Time Mum’s Chat and I’m discussing postnatal depression in this week’s episode with Lisa Quinney, a perinatal counsellor located in the city of Melbourne in Australia.
Lisa had her baptism of fire when her second daughter was born and she faced a few years of postnatal depression. Lisa now supports families so they don’t have to go through what she did and you’ll hear her talk about her postnatal depression journey including the importance of:-
- Being honest with yourself and recognising that you have a problem and not being afraid or shy to go and get the necessary help.
- Accepting that you have a lot to learn about being a parent and a mother and you are not perfect.
- Finding a supportive doctor who doesn’t simply dismiss postnatal depression and tell you to “toughen up and get on with it!”.
I’ve also included some links to other First Time Mum’s Chat episodes below which you will find of assistance if you are experiencing challenges with postnatal anxiety or depression.
Links Mentioned in the Episode
A Selection of Other First Time Mum’s Chat Episodes Relating to Postpartum Care and Postpartum Recovery
- Let’s Discuss Postpartum Anxiety and Depression.
- Living With Postpartum Anxiety and Depression.
- How to Help With Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues After Pregnancy.
- Following the Right Postpartum Diet For Recovering Mothers.
- Help With Postpartum Depression – The Many Amazing Ways Baby Massage Can Help.
- Postpartum Care and Recovery – Caring For You After Having a Baby.
About Lisa Quinney
My name is Lisa, I am a mama and a counsellor. My children are 8 and 11 years old, one was born in Germany and one was born on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong, Victoria). I was born in Germany, my husband is from Ballarat (Victoria) and we met in Italy where we fell in love.
I am an advocate for self-compassion, for going gently and for slowing down. I am passionate about creating a relationship to oneself and prioritising one’s own needs before tending to everyone else’s. I understand as a parent and primary caregiver this often feels impossible.
Having gone through postnatal depression after the birth of my second child I discovered how important it is to demand the support we need as parents. I needed someone to encourage me to keep going, to cheer me on, because I was not able to do this myself at the time.
I want to be that person for you because you deserve and need support when finding out who you are and want to be as a parent and as a person.