Informational Articles

Postpartum Blues

Having a new baby is no doubt one of the most joyous occasions in a mother’s life.  This can however, be a huge emotional roller coaster to negotiate.  It can bring much joy, but it can also challenge you in ways you never expected.

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Anxiety

Anxiety can occur both during pregnancy and after the birth of your babyPregnancy can bring about big changes in your life, especially if this is your 1st pregnancy. Some women cope with these changes, while others find it harder, and every woman is different.

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OCD

Babies are meant to be loved, cared for, kept safe and protected. However, there is an anxiety disorder that can affect pregnant women and new moms that cause them to have obsessive and extreme thoughts and behaviours.

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Depression during Pregnancy

For about 10% of pregnant women the emotions experienced during pregnancy can become overwhelming and hard to shift. They are different from the usual emotional changes if they last longer than two weeks and interfere with the pregnant woman’s ability to function in everyday life.

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Newborn Loss

When a baby dies in the first 28 days of life, it is called neonatal death.  Neonatal death represents a significant and complex bereavement and will have profound and devastating effects on the parents, their other children and their wider family and friends.

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Post Natal Depression

Post Natal Depression also known as PND or post-partum depression, is a slide into gradual depression following the birth of a baby and can affect around 18,000 mothers annually in Ireland.

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Pregnancy Loss

The loss of a baby during pregnancy is heart-breaking for everyone involved. You may feel stunned or shocked. You may wonder why this happened to you and your baby. You may feel cheated and angry. Or you may just feel sad. It’s OK to have these feelings. 

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PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a mother experiences a traumatic pregnancy or childbirth.   Your life, or your baby’s life, may have been at risk. Events may have caused you and your partner to feel fearful or helpless, or even horrified by what happened.

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Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy. The majority of miscarriages happen during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is often referred to as the first trimester.  Miscarriage often occurs with no warning, and often no medical reason can be found why it happened.

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb.  Ectopic is Latin for “in the wrong place”. It is a life-threatening condition for the woman. The major cause of a ectopic is when the egg for some reason is unable to reach the uterus.

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Depression In Men

Men who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or loss may not recognise the risk factors or symptoms of how they feel. These feelings can affect men of all ages and  personality types regardless of economic status.

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Infertility

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. 1 in 6 Irish couples will have difficulty conceiving on their own and will have to seek professional help and advice.

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