These incredible results will be presented at The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Annual Congress next week, which will highlight the importance of proper treatment for these mothers and their babies. It provides hope for any sufferers and their families. Hopefully it will stimulate more places to provide these support services.
“In NSW, there is no public mother-baby unit so they have absolutely no option to receive treatment with their baby,” said Dr Hill.
“There is a sort of an inequity across Australia in terms of that access to care and that can make a huge difference to the mother-baby relationship over time.
“Relationships can be resilient but it can be quite traumatic for the baby if the mum just disappears for several weeks at that early stage when its main concern in life is to make a sustained connection with a primary caregiver.”
Women suffering from the debilitating condition need access to the right support and treatment – that way they know they can recover fully but also have the opportunity at that crucial time to bond with their baby, and go on to raise happy and healthy children.
Hannah Schenker is a freelance writer, editor and regular contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She lives with a touch of magic in Golden Bay, New Zealand.