Thursday, 13 November 2014

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health launches new blog to help first time parents

As Postnatal Depression Awareness Week (16-22 November) approaches, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has launched “What Were We Thinking”, a new blog where new parents can discuss their experiences and hear what other new parents are going through.

According to Prof Jane Fisher, the birth of a baby, particularly a first baby is a major life change that can cause many parents to feel like they are not caring to their baby properly.

“The time following the birth of a baby is an important time of adjustment for families,” says Professor Fisher. “Parents have as much to learn as their new babies do so having access to evidence-based information and opportunities to learn caregiving skills are helpful.”

Prof Fisher says that it is also important for parents of new babies to talk about their experiences and hear about the experiences of other parents who are in the same situation.

“In recognition, we have established the What Were We Thinking Blog that lets new and expectant parents around Australia describe their experiences and hear how others are managing. What sets this blog apart is that all posts are moderated by, and commented on, by health professionals and other experts in the field,” said Professor Fisher.

The WWWT Blog follows the experiences of new parents across Australia. The blog is based on the What Were We Thinking program, an evidence-based intervention developed and run by the Jean Hailes Research Unit (a formal partnership between Monash University and Jean Hailes for Women's Health). This program teaches new mothers and fathers both practical skills for settling babies and ideas to help them adjust to changes in their relationship that can come with parenthood.

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