Many women who suffer from postnatal depression often feel guilt or shame at feeling so low. A new baby should be a joyous experience but the mums I meet often feel profound emotions of a different nature, such as disappointment, numbness or an inability to connect with their child.
For some women these feelings may be felt in the days shortly after the birth because of hormonal changes, lack of sleep and birth or breastfeeding issues. This period is often referred to as the “baby blues”. But sometimes these feelings don’t pass and I see women who are still feeling down or depressed at six months or well after one year of the birth of their child.
Symptoms of postnatal depression (also called postpartum depression) vary from one woman to another and here some of my clients share their personal experience.
“I feel so disappointed that the birth didn’t go according to plan. I felt violated as it all turned out to be so clinical. I was robbed of the natural bonding afterwards due to all the medical intervention that had to take place.”
“I feel like a failure as I wasn’t able to breastfeed and I thought it would just come naturally to me.”
“I feel empty inside. I have no connection with my baby or my partner.”
“I am really not enjoying being a mum. I feel overwhelmed and resentful of all the new responsibilities. I have no time at all for myself. I find it tedious and monotonous. I am exhausted, I have no energy, I can’t sleep, yet I just want to stay in bed all day.
“I feel like I am grieving or I have a deep sadness and I don’t know how to heal it.”
“I feel isolated and alone with nowhere to turn.”
“I have no support from my partner and my extended family are offering no help.”
“I can’t stop crying. I feel so vulnerable, like I am going to break.”
“I feel numb.”
“I feel trapped and helpless.”
“I feel so inadequate as a mother. I thought it would be different.”
“I feel embarrassed that I can’t get things back in order in my life. I use to be so organised.”
“I feel anxious and my confidence is shattered.”
“I am so angry with my husband all the time. I am pushing him away.”
It’s important to note that postnatal depression can affect the whole family. Because of the shame and stigma around depression, many women and their partners go into a form of denial about what is going on.
The women I have worked with have felt that the consultations and the homeopathic remedies have been a powerful support in helping them overcome postnatal depression. As well as offering individualised care it also provides a safe non-judgemental space to discuss how they are really feeling.
In our sessions together in addition to taking a full case history we look at the pregnancy and birth and the feelings that have arisen since then.
A homeopathic remedy is then prescribed specific to each person’s unique needs. This remedy acts as a catalyst in helping where you are struggling most, helping you let go of unresolved emotions and bringing about positive changes and a sense of calm and ease.
The remedies are gentle and easy to take, there is no interference with breastfeeding and they can bring outstanding relief in helping you get back to feeling like your old self.
As Jane explained after 3 weeks on the remedy, “I have completely accepted what has happened, that it wasn’t perfect. The anxiety and tight vice feeling around me has gone, I feel light and at ease. I have a sense of freedom now and I am enjoying time with my baby. I am sleeping better, my appetite has returned and I feel more confident and stronger in myself. It’s all going to be ok.”
Homeopathy is a wonderful tool in helping shift us where we are stuck. If you would like help in making things better so you can get back to your former happy self and get on with enjoying motherhood, please feel free to give me a call on Tel: 086 0891037 (International: +353 86 089 1037), email me at email@example.com or book a Free Clarity Call if you would like more details.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).