Here’s one mum’s experience of the Mother and Baby Unit.
“Even though my daughter was planned, and I had support from family, the realities of parenthood took me completely by surprise. I took a long time for me to adjust to being depended upon by a small person.
As well as the usual crying and nappies, I found that I was suffering from severe anxiety, which affected my sleep, and left me exhausted. I was also prevented from bonding with my daughter, because I was so ill, which left me feeling guiltier still!
The Mother & Baby Unit, with whom I was in contact throughout my pregnancy, supported me during a 5-week stay as an inpatient. The nurses and nursery nurses reassured me that I was, and would be, a good mother, and that I would get better. The doctors made sure my medication was right. I chatted with other patients and we spent time with our babies, dragging ourselves out for walks with the prams! Family were able to visit regularly.
Unfortunately I became ill again during my second pregnancy, but due to my existing relationship with the service I was able to access the help I needed very quickly. It hasn’t been easy, but the light at the end of the tunnel has come around more quickly this time.”