Postnatal depression

Depression in the postnatal period is common. About 1 in 10 women experience depression after having a baby. Half of these episodes develop within three months and about three-quarters develop within six months of the birth.

It is important to ask for support and advice. For more information, see:

  • www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/babies-and-toddlers/breastfeeding-0/your-health-and-nutrition-when-breastfeeding/mental-health-pregnancy-and-after-birth
  • phone Healthline (0800 611 116)—available 24 hours, 7 days a week and free to callers throughout New Zealand, including from a mobile phone
  • speak to your family doctor or nurse.
  • ThroughBlue is a Wellington based support group for women with experience of depression. It has been running for the last 12 years and is a registered charity. The group runs every Friday from 12.30-2.30 and is facilitated by two counsellors.  Any woman in Wellington is welcome to attend these regular meetings - there is wide spectrum of experience of depression in the group - from very mild to more severe. Some people may have experienced depression in the past and come along to help manage relapses. It is a very diverse group and ranges in number from week to week - from 3 to 14 people. It is a friendly and non-threatening environment and most newcomers find it to be very welcoming and inclusive. ThroughBlue is not affiliated with any religious organisation or church. Attendees are welcome to participate as much as they wish in terms of talking about their experience, or to sit and observe without having to say anything, depending on what suits them.