Although I have found these references I have not evaluated them and I do not accept responsibility for the information nor the quality of the information contained on these sites.
The University of Cardiff have established Action on Puerperal Psychosis (APP), a network of women who have suffered puerperal psychosis and who are willing to receive correspondence from them about research projects. As puerperal psychosis is a relatively uncommon disorder (affecting about 1 in 1000 deliveries) it can be difficult to find enough sufferers to carry out effective research and APP is an important resource for researchers.
They also have a forum now at NHS Healthunlocked Forum where you can connect with women, partners & families affected by Postpartum Psychosis and volunteers from APP.
The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust is a registered charity which aims to help women and their families by raising awareness and to provide information on Postnatal depression/illness. We as a charity are in the process of producing information leaflets, arranging a PND study day for professionals and forming a support group for new mums.
ABM, PO Box 207, BRIDGWATER, Somerset, TA6 7YT Helpline number is 020 7813 1481
Support and information for about breastfeeding.
5 Ann’s Court, Grove Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4BE
Tel:0300 365 0663.
Helpline email address: email@example.com
Pressure group founded in 1966. Membership is mainly parents, but includes many in midwifery and medical professions. Offers information, support and advice about all aspects of maternity care, including parents rights, choices and so on. Also available: information leaflets and a quarterly Journal.
72 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 661 7211 Fax: 01 661 7217 Lo call helpline: 1890 303 302
Aware is a voluntary organisation, based in Ireland, formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aims are to assist that section of the population whose lives are directly affected by depression. There is a useful section specifically on post natal depression.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe UK’s hands-on-guide to pregnancy, birth and life. A useful site with a great deal of information, support and reassurance on these matters with specific areas about postnatal illness. They have US sister sites of BabyCenter and ParentsCenter.
Baby-Parenting.co.uk is a fun website for parents, expectant parents and those trying to conceive. It contains useful information, good links, listings for everything from toy shops to child care facilities. There are many links on post natal issues.
Willowbank House, 84 Station Road, Marlow SL7 1NX
UK on-line magazine and community, with thousands of pages of help and advice for new and expectant parents. There are links to post natal issues.
There are some helpful pages within this site including an article asking if fathers can suffer from it.
This site is dedicated to men and women who are partners of someone diagnosed with a severe mental illness. It has very helpful ideas to give everyone support.
Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D., 390 Diablo Road, Suite 115, Danville, CA 94526
Tel: 888 530 2211
Both websites give information and support. Full details given about a book ‘Beyond the Blues’.
BIOME, University of Nottingham, Greenfield Medical Library, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH Tel: +44 (0)115 849 3251 Fax: +44 (0)115 8493265
Website: http://biome.ac.uk/ http://omni.ac.uk/medline/ http://nmap.ac.uk/
BIOME offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering the health and life sciences. MEDLINE is the US National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. It provides access to abstracts of articles and citations from more than 4,000 biomedical journals published worldwide. A search for ‘postnatal’ brings up 32 links to follow. Also links to NMAP Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied health Professions database with even more links.
This is a comprehensive list with some useful resources and information links.
‘Jane’s Breastfeeding Resources’ are a gateway to breastfeeding information, Self help support and books plus other links concerning this and other childbirth and parenting issues.
The Breastfeeding Network, PO Box 11126, Paisley, PA2 8YB
Breastfeeding Network Supporterline – 0870 900 8787
An independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.
BACP House, 35-37 Albert Street, Rugby, Warks CV21 2SG
Tel: 0870 443 5252 Fax: 0870 443 5161
Website: www.bacp.co.uk or www.counselling.co.uk
BACP is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy and an automatic reference point for anyone seeking information on counselling and psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. Send an A5 SAE for details of local practitioners.
Website: http://caringbabynurses.com/postpartum-depression-guide.html) is packed with helpful and up-to-date info on all aspects of Postpartum Depression
The C&G Baby club is a knowledge base for mums and dads with everything they need to know about parenting. There’s an active community of parents, which is an non-judgemental space for mums to connect with other likeminded mums to share their experience and joys of pregnancy and more. The C&G Baby Club comes with exclusive offers and also provides a one-to-one care line, a 24 hour support number with experts who are ready to answer any questions you may have.
Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., MFT, Founder and Director, The Center for Postpartum Health 20700 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 203, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel: (818)887-1312 Fax: (818)887-9606
An assessment and treatment centre based in California but it has some links to others resources and information applicable worldwid
Counselling Directory was set up as a free, confidential service to encourage those in distress to seek help. Visitors can read about different areas of distress, view useful articles written by counsellors and refine their search to find the most appropriate help. Every counsellor on the site has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.
National Office, 35 Westminster Bridge Road, LONDON SE1 7JB
Tel: 0207 633 0557 Fax: 0207 633 0559 Helpline: 0845 123 23 20 (7-10pm Weekdays).
The Depression Alliance is a UK charity which offers information, hope, contact and friendship. DAPeND (DEPRESSION ALLIANCE PERINATAL DEPRESSION) HELPLINE is a service to anyone affected by depression either during pregnancy or in the first postnatal year. The helpline, which is staffed by trained volunteers, is open Monday to Friday between 7pm and 10pm and is available to anyone who is affected by perinatal (antenatal or postnatal) depression. Tel: 0845 120 37 46. There are useful links to other sites and to support groups.
An on-line information service for families with young children. There are forums for discussions plus features, reviews, directories, competitions and local information.
Herald House, Lambs Passage, Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TQ
Phone: 020 7920 9491 Fax: 020 7374 2966
Fathers Direct is the UK’s national information centre for fatherhood. It is a charity founded in 1999 by professionals with expertise in social work, in social work, family policy, business development and communications. It exists to support the welfare of children by the positive and active involvement of fathers and male carers in their lives. There is the opportunity here for a forum for fathers on the subject.
7 Sovereign Close, Sovereign Court, London E1W 2HW.
Tel: 020 7488 9300 Fax: 020 7488 9333
Advice Line & Membership: Freephone 0800 018 4318
This is a support organisation for lone parent families which provides telephone advice and information; website discussion forum and chat room; and a network of local mutual aid/support groups.
A huge resource covering many aspects of information and advice for problems with relationships, crisis, family matters.
Tel: 0775 468 7423
An Inverness based support group for antenatal & postnatal mothers.
NHS Health Scotland, Woodburn House, Canaan Lane, EDINBURGH, EH10 4SG
Tel: 0131 536 5500 Fax: 0131 536 5501
An informative leaflet about PND.
2 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR
Tel: 0116 2339955 Fax: 0116 2330232
Web site: http://www.home-start.org.uk/
Home-Start volunteers provide free and confidential emotional, practical support and friendship to families in their own homes due to a number of reasons including: post-natal illness, isolation, disability, relationship difficulties, bereavement.
ISPOG is an international organisation which aims to promote the study of psychobiological and psychosocial, ethical and cross-cultural problems in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology, women’s health and reproductive health and to encourage the creation of national societies of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology which will promote research, education and training on a national level.
LCGB, P.O. Box 56, Virginia Water, GU25 4WB.
Facilitating breastfeeding through education, parental support and public health measures.
La Leche League GB, PO Box 29, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7NP
For breastfeeding information and support call the helpline number 0845 120 2918.
For publications, LLL Books at above address, Tel: 0845 456 1866,
Their aim is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education. Plus promoting a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
MAMA 7 Southcourt Road Linslade Leighton Buzzard Beds LU7 2QF
Tel: Office 01525 217064 Postnatal depression helpline (Monday to Friday 7pm to 10pm): 020 8768 0123
Fax: 020 8239 1153 Tel: 0845-120-6162
This association provides friendship and support to mothers and mothers-to-be, lonely or isolated, after the birth of a baby or moving to a new area. There are self-help groups for mothers with small children and specific help and support to women suffering from post-natal depression. There is a helpline and plenty of links and information.
Castle Works, 21 St. George’s Road, London SE1 6ES
Tel: 020 7793 2600 Fax 020 7793 2639.
E-mail: Information: email@example.com
This charity has a national network of support groups and runs self management training courses.
PO BOX 30853, London, W12 OXG
An international society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing.
A great resource on pregnancy and maternity in general
15-19 Broadway, London E15 4BQ
Tel. 020 8519 2122, fax: 020 8522 1725
Mindinfoline: 0845 766 0163
UK based Mental health charity publishes and sells a number of useful publications. Local Mind Associations offer many services including advocacy, crisis help lines, counselling, befriending, supported housing, employment, drop-in centres and training schemes around the country.
c/o Clayton Hospital, Northgate, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire WF1 3JS
Helpline 01924 200799 Scottish helpline 0131 334 8883 Fax: 01924 298834
They provide support, give information, promote awareness and are working for better care.
Useful information and links in general for the older mums.
“Mothers for Mothers” PO Box 1292 Bristol UK BS99 2FP
Website : http://www.mothersformothers.co.uk/
A charity with funding for mothers in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset areas only. (Telephone Helpline 0117 975 6006)
However there are useful sources of information and links.
Mothersbliss™ Ltd. PO Box 240, Loughton, IG10 1ZB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)208 9256150
A website for advice, guidance and help in selecting the correct products for yourself and your baby if you are planning a family, are pregnant now, or have a young family.
Sue Wentworth-Sheilds MSc MInstD FRSA Braygate House North Somercotes Lincolnshire LN11 7PS
A website with over 100 pages of fun and information for every mum and every situation – ‘Celebrating the diversity of motherhood’. There are discussion forums too and links to absolutely loads of things both fun and educational.
Mumsnet is an online network of parents pooling their knowledge on everything from how to get a baby to sleep through the night to the best places to go on holiday with a five-year-old. There are useful discussion areas on many topics.
The National Childbirth Trust, Alexandra House, Oldham Terrace, Acton, London W3 6NH
Tel: 0870 7703236 Enquiry Line: 0870 444 8707 Membership line: 08709 908040
Breastfeeding Line: 0870 444 8708 Fax: 0870 770 3237
The Trust aims to help all parents enjoy an experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood which enriches their lives and gives them confidence in being a parent. They have a network of local branches concerned with antenatal and postnatal support through a range of antenatal classes, helplines and social and educational events. They offer supportive groups to women before and after birth, and groups for depressed mothers. The National Childbirth Trust provides leaflets, books and videos on all aspects of parenting including PND. The NCT has a new book on PND available from NCT Maternity Sales (0870 112 1120).
General Enquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details can be found here of an information paper ‘Postnatal Depression: A systematic review of published scientific literature to 1999’. It documents current multidisciplinary research results in the area of prevalence, clinical presentation, course, assessment, treatment and prevention of postnatal depression. To support the information paper, NHMRC has also prepared a Consumer Guide Postnatal Depression: Not Just the Baby Blues to provide parents with advice and support on postnatal depression, describes symptoms and details how to find professional help and contact support groups Australia wide.
Family Welfare Association, 501 – 505 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU
Tel: 020-7358 5900 Fax: 020-7701 2660
NEWPIN works with parents and other primary carers of children who are in need of support in their role as parents by offering attachment and befriending, individual counselling and group therapy for parents and play therapy for children. They have centres around London, in Chesterfield and in Northern Ireland.
Some useful pages and links – also ideas for those supporting loved ones.
Tonya Rosenberg, P.O. Box 611, Issaquah, WA 98027-0023
This is a site run by women who have suffered from post-natal illness, based in the US but has useful links and resources.
104 – 1416 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 3X9 CANADA
Telephone: (604) 255-7999 Fax: (604) 255-7588
The Pacific Post Partum Support Society (PPPSS) is a non-profit society which provides support to women and families experiencing depression or anxiety related to the birth or adoption of a baby. They also provide training and information for professionals, as well as community education on postpartum depression.
Post and Ante Natal Depression Association Inc.
810 Nicholson St North Fitzroy, Victoria Australia 3068
PaNDa Support Line: Phone: 1300 726 306
PaNDa Admin Line: Phone: 03 9481 3377
Office hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
This is an Australian association which aims to support and inform women, and their families who are affected by post and ante natal mood disorders. Also to educate health care professionals and the wider community about post and ante natal mood disorders. There are information pages and links to other sources of support in additional to locally based events.
E-mail secretary: email@example.com
PNDSA is a non-profit-making association started by a group of health professionals and women who have recovered from Postnatal Depression. They are dedicated to supporting other women who may be going through the same experience and to making it easier for them to find help. There are plenty of informative pages.
A UK website offering PND support and information. The discussion forum is very active.
They now also have an excellent forum on NHS Health Unlocked where you can connect with sufferers, survivors and staff at PNI ORG UK
An American site full of tips, resources and information plus contacts within the US and worldwide. The ‘Moms and family page’ is especially useful. Likewise their link to www.postpartumdads.org is a useful site which addresses the needs of men whose wife/partner suffers from PPD.
An excellent blog site with great tips and information around postpartum issues.
A USA site with advice on all aspects of pregnancy and birth with specific advice on postpartum (postnatal) issues.
Herbert Gray College, Little Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3AP.
Relateline Tel: 0845 130 4010 (Mon – Fri, 9.30 – 4.30 p.m.). Switchboard number: 0845 456 1310
A source of information and advice about relationships and counselling. They offer courses for new parents.
National Headquarters 17 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PG
Tel: 020 7235 2351 Fax: 020 7245 1231
Articles and links to sources of information and help with PND athttp://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinformation/mentalhealthproblems/postnatalmentalhealth.aspx
The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF
Tel: 020 8394 8300 Fax: 020 8394 8301
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (for administration details)
Samaritans offer a 24-hour confidential, emotional support line. National: 0845 7909090 (UK)
For the Republic of Ireland the number is 1850 60 90 90
For potential callers there are additional contacts by e-mail: email@example.com or write to: Chris, PO Box 90, Stirling FK8 2SA
Samaritans is a registered charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that provides confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing. It also increases public awareness of issues around suicide and depression.
SANE, 1st Floor, Cityside House, 40 Adler Street, London E1 1EE
Tel: 020 7375 1002 Saneline: 0845 767 8000. 6pm – 11pm
E-mail for admin queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sane has three main objectives:- To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families, improve education and training, and secure better services, To initiate and fund research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research, To provide information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANELINE.
Here you can explore aspects of birth, drawing on things that author Sheila has learned from women around the world and her research as a social anthropologist into women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Sheila runs a Birth Crisis Network, a phone service for women who need to talk about traumatic birth experiences with some one who understands and listens reflectively. The number is her own phone number: 01865 300 266 and she can often put callers in touch with someone who has been to one of my workshops and who is nearer them.
P O Box 18002, Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: 0064 08324-8227 (0832 4 TABS)
TABS (Trauma And Birth Stress) originated in New Zealand. It is a Charitable Trust that serves as a support group of mothers who have in common stressful and traumatic pregnancies or births that affected their lives negatively for months or years afterwards. They formed TABS because of the need to make PTSD known as a form of mental illness that can happen following childbirth, but quite distinct from the Baby Blues, Post Natal Depression (Post Partum Depression) and Post Natal Psychosis.
167-169 Great Portland Street, LONDON W1W 5PF
Tel: 020 7436 3002 Fax: 020 7436 3013
Main organisation for psychotherapy in UK. Regional lists of psychotherapists are available free.
A parenting resource with lots of information and expert advice on pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and birth, babies and toddlers. Many discussion forums are available including one for PND.
This site offers information on ante and postnatal depression, as well as exploring your choices if you have an unplanned pregnancy.
WellMother.com is an online resource for women and their families designed to offer support and resources on a number of issues related to the emotional challenges specifically related to their reproductive cycle including postnatal. There is a comprehensive links page for both Canadian and international websites, books and resources.
m: 07762 148183