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Emotional health support for parents

Welcoming a new baby can be a time of intense emotion whether you are a first time parent or not.

If you're experiencing distressing feelings such as:

  • anxiety
  • frequent tearfulness
  • lack of motivation
  • a sad or low mood
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • problems with eating and sleeping
  • a general sense of not enjoying motherhood and your baby
  • a fear of harming yourself or your baby 

you're not alone.

About 100,000 expecting and new parents in Australia are struggling with depression or anxiety, during pregnancy and the year after the birth of their child.

Our Perinatal Emotional Health Program works with women who are pregant or parents in their home after their child is born. The service is available to parents with an infant up to 12 months of age and complements the residential program offered by our Agnes Parent and Infant Unit.

Our perinatal program offers you a chance to talk about your difficulties in a safe, supportive environment.

After a comprehensive assessment our clinicians provide counselling and support, information about emotional health and education and strategies about coping and managing stressful situations.

We can also link you to other health and community services.

How to get help

Your doctor, midwife or maternal and child health nurse can make a referral on your behalf or you, your partner or support person can contact us through the Mental Health Triage Service on 1300 363 322.

While you may have the support of family and friends, it is important to seek assistance from a health professional. You must look after yourself in order to look after your baby.



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You can join the team at LRH in saving lives by helping us raise funds for new defibrillators at the hospital. We are keen to replace 14 defibrillators at LRH to ensure you, your family and friends have access to the highest level of care while you're a patient or visitor at our hospital.

Click on the Make A Donation link or contact LRH Fundraising on 5173 8577. Thank you for your kindness!

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PO Box 424, Traralgon, Victoria,3844
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