Feeding your baby may come easily to you or it may be yet another challenge, and different to what you expected or hoped for.
Coping with an unsettled baby — Babies all come with their own unique temperaments which can bring additional demands on your patience and feelings towards your baby.
Lack of sleep — Which can greatly affect your mood, energy, patience and ability to think clearly.
Whilst the challenges of managing a new baby or young children is likely to bring some level of stress and anxiety from time to time, generally this will be transient and feelings will pass on their own with time. If however you have ongoing disturbing thoughts and/or feelings of worry and tension that are hard to live with and/or affect your ability to manage from day to day, then you may be experiencing more severe anxiety.
You may have an unplanned pregnancy that you are coming to terms with
You may be wondering how to tell others the news and manage relationships with family
Depression during pregnancy and postnatal depression is a common, but debilitating condition that affects up to one in five women. Postnatal depression can also effect any parent or primary care giver including non-biological parents. Unlike the baby blues which passes on its own, depression can be long-lasting, and affect your ability to cope with a baby or young children.
Legal matters are often complex, time-consuming and can drain your energy and money.
Violence against women is a significant human rights issue in Victoria. Everyone has a right to safety in homes, schools, at work and on the streets.
Having a safe, secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights.
Discovering and coming to terms with the notion that you are having difficulty naturally conceiving can be stressful, and can leave you feeling angry, depressed and anxious. It can also put additional stress on relationships, intimacy and your connection with others.
The experience of IVF can be challenging, intense and overwhelming.
A medical diagnosis of infertility can leave you feeling shocked and in disbelief as you struggle to come to terms with the fact that your hopes and dreams of having a child are threatened or not under your control.
The process of assisted reproduction itself is associated with increased anxiety, depression and stress and can impact on your self-esteem and confidence.
Not only has your role and place in the world changed since becoming a parent, but so has that of other family members who have become grandparents, aunts and uncles and siblings. In turn this can effect relationships with extended family.
Expectations that family members may have about their new role may not align with yours
You who may hold negative feelings about your own parents or your childhood experiences
You and your partner may have differing views about the level of involvement that you both want family to have
The loss of a developing or new baby can lead to strong feelings of sadness and grief. Often, however, these emotions that you may experience are minimised or not well understood by our family, friends or others in the community.
You may be worried about how the birth will go and how you’ll recover
You may be worried about whether you can cope with having another child
You may be planning for another child after experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety in the past
Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and financial concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction. Not surprisingly, research shows 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings.
Feeling disconnected, resentful, bored or unfulfilled in your relationship
Arguing over the same things, feeling like arguments get out of hand or constant bickering
Returning to work after having a baby may be straight forward for some, but for others can be challenging. As you come towards the time you planned to return to work, you may experience a range of different emotions.
Unfortunately, childbirth doesn’t always go as we may have hoped for, or expected. When things don’t go to plan at the birth this leaves many parents feeling depleted, disappointed and in need of support.