Nicky Park

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Dads can get post baby blues too - expert (+video)

Life & Style Editor Nicky Park talks about postnatal depression with psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks then opens question time up to you.

Having a new baby is not all roses.Photo / Thinkstock
Having a new baby is not all roses.Photo / Thinkstock

When a new baby is born it's all happy snaps, proud online posts and loved up parents.
However, it's not all roses.

Around 10 to 20 per cent of New Zealand women will suffer some form of postnatal depression (PND) and some dads will cop a dose too. And up to 80 per cent of women go through a thing called 'third day blues,' a totally normal, short, hormone-induced condition following childbirth.

New Zealand psychiatrist and PND expert, Dr Sara Weeks, says it's time for women to stop suffering in silence and has penned a new book, Mothers Cry Too, to try and raise awareness of PND.

In the video interview below I chat with Dr Sara about the various ways PND can manifest, how we can tell if a woman is at risk, what we can do to help and the fact that dads are at risk too.

Take a look then have your chance to ask Dr Sara about PND. She will be online for a live chat on Life & Style from 12-1pm tomorrow (Thursday, September 14). Join us then and get your questions in early by email here or flick them over to Life & Style on Twitter here. She won't be able to give personal advice, but can discuss the topic generally.

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* Mothers Cry Too, by Dr Sara Weeks, published by Penguin, is available now. RRP $35.

For more information about PND visit the website mothersmatter.co.nz.

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