If you have postpartum depression

It’s common to go through a period of adjustment after having a baby. Your hormones are changing, and you may feel more emotional and anxious than normal.

This is known as the baby blues. For most people, this is temporary.

If the baby blues lasts longer than 2 weeks, it can be a sign of postpartum depression. It can affect either parent. 

Postpartum depression can be treated in different ways, including:

  • counselling
  • psychotherapy
  • group treatment
  • support strategies
  • medications

Pregnancy support counselling is available from eligible GPs and other health professionals on referral from a GP.

You can claim Medicare rebates for up to 3 counselling services if you've been pregnant in the last 12 months.

New parents with postpartum depression can also get help and support at: