PANDA in the Media

Waringarri Radio WA

14th February 2017

PANDA CEO, Terri Smith speaks with Waringarri Radio 6WR, about the signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression and how the ilness is different to baby blues, and what partners can do to support their loved ones.

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Waringarri Radio 6WR is the Aboriginal voice of the North East Kimberley and is part of the Waringarri Media Aboriginal Corporation, a locally owned not-for-profit organisation.






Clementine Ford shares her experience with perinatal anxiety

17th November 2016

1479359257781"When I was about 24 weeks pregnant, I had a panic attack one night as I was trying to go to sleep. I'd been lying in bed daydreaming about the typical kinds of things expectant mothers daydream about – what the child will look like, what kind of personality they might have, how it would feel to meet them for the first time – when I was suddenly struck by an overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia. I became acutely aware of the entity inside me, but more specifically I became aware of how little control I had over the entire situation."

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Bub Hub: This is Israel’s story …

16th November 2016

BubHub.IsraelIsrael shares his struggle with postnatal depression.

"There is a decent slab of pressure on new dads to be everything. It’s a world of equal participation in families – dads play a critical role in the child rearing, just as mums now play a critical role in earning and supporting the household financially.

It can be a tough gig to make peace with that multi-faceted role, and I know it took me a long time to find the balance. In fact, I blew out with depression while trying to find that balance."

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ABC Breakfast News - Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week

Laura shares her experience with perinatal anxiety & depression on ABC Breakfast News from Leticia Brown on Vimeo.

MamaMia: Rowena's Recovery Story

14th November 2016


 Soon after Rowena Rogers gave birth to her first child, Evelyn, she knew something was wrong.

“Straight after I had my emergency C-section… I realised I didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like I wanted to be near my baby and didn’t feel any need to want to bond with her,” said the 31-year-old.

The Western Australian mum was excited leading up to the birth, but just after Evelyn arrived Rowena had an “odd feeling”.

“It was like this sudden thing in my head. It’s like a wall came down and all of a sudden I just felt the complete opposite of what I was feeling coming up to having her. It was very scary and caught me off guard,” Rowena said.

Because of the long, tedious labour and stressful birth, Rowena put it down to sleep deprivation. After four days she headed home to see if things would feel better.

“On the way home from the hospital I didn’t even want to sit in the back seat with her, which seems so horrible now but I didn’t want to be near her,” she recalls.

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Kidspot: Zelma's Recovery Story

14th November 2016

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Cadence was a surprise baby, but not an unwelcome one. We weren’t trying, but we were very stable. We’d just finished building a house, it was kind of perfect timing really. That’s not to say the pregnancy was easy. I was nauseous up until about 32 weeks. Add that I was still finishing my social work degree - volunteering full time - and I was really quite drained. Emotionally though, I was really happy. I couldn’t wait to have my baby.

I was about a week overdue when I went into labour. I’d done a hypnobirthing course in preparation and was looking forward to a natural birth.

My labour was quite intense and though I stayed without pain relief all night, nothing was really happening. I got to about 8cm dilated and then stayed there for about 6 hours! We ended up having an emergency caesarean at about 1pm the next day after they noticed some meconium in my waters after they broke them.

I felt really scared. I couldn’t believe my beautiful hypnobirth was turning into this surgical nightmare! At the same time, I was relieved that we were going to get baby out safely. I just had to stay strong for just a little while longer.

But the birth was really intense. I was shaking a lot, they had trouble getting the epidural in and my hands were strapped to these boards beside me. When my baby came out they asked if I wanted to hold her and I looked at my strapped-down hands and said, “How?”.

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Essential Baby: Why mums won't admit they're not coping

14th November 2016

essentialbaby If you were struggling, would you reach out?

New research reports that 74 per cent of mums don't want to admit they aren't coping, and therefore don't seek support or treatment.

But mental health challenges are common during pregnancy and following the birth of a baby: one in 10 women experience antenatal depression, and one in seven in the postnatal period. Anxiety is likely to be at least as common.

Yet so many of us find it hard to admit that we're struggling. Why is this?

Despite the cliché we've all heard, it's actually impossible to know what to expect when you're expecting. So sometimes when we're struggling we don't realise that this isn't just what it's like to be a parent, as Terri Smith, CEO of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA), explains.

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Bubhub: expectation vs reality

14th November 2016

Let’s break down the divide between parenting expectation and reality - By Terri Smith

We live in a world where we are bombarded with images about how parenthood should be – soft lighting, happy smiles and perfectly groomed parents and kids. Sometimes it does turn out like this, but often it doesn’t. And for new mums and dads who are already struggling with their mental health, this disconnect between perception and reality can often make things worse.

It can also make it even harder to admit there’s something wrong when perhaps you’re not feeling or thinking the way you thought you should or would. There’s already enough stigma around mental health during the perinatal period preventing many mums and dads coming forward to seek help, that they don’t need further reason to delay seeking help.

At PANDA, we work tirelessly to ensure new mums and dads have the appropriate help and support when they are struggling with preparing for and transitioning into parenthood.

PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline conducts more than 10,000 conversations every year with expecting and new mums and dads whose lives have been affected by the illness. And one of the issues that regularly comes up in those conversations is the divide between people’s expectations of what parenthood will be, and the reality once it happens.

Every year, I believe we make significant progress towards further breaking down the stigma which affects sufferers of perinatal anxiety and depression and our annual awareness week provides a strong public platform to educate and promote further understanding of these common mental illnesses.

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Kensington mum shares experience with perinatal depression and anxiety

14th November 2016


Julie Stobo never imagined she’d go from being on the receiving end of a parents’ helpline to the one dialling the number.
The Kensington mother was a phone counsellor for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) long before she gave birth to her now three-year-old son.

But she soon realised it wasn’t a safeguard against experiencing the condition herself.
Despite feeling “a million dollars” during pregnancy, things took a turn for Ms Stobo within 24 hours of giving birth.

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