An Eastwood mum who suffered depression after the birth of her son told how a befriending service has helped her turn her life around.
Alexandra White is urging other mums to try the Perinatal Befriending Programme which helped her through her ordeal.
Alexandra’s six-months-old son, Cal, was admitted to hospital as the result of a severe milk allergy and also developed a hernia which, after a long wait, eventually led to surgery.
All this took its toll on the new mum who was eventually prescribed anti-depressants by her GP.
He also suggested she try the Perinatal Befriending Programme, run by Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership, part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare.
Alexandra, 31 said: “Feeding Cal was like force-feeding. I feared he’d go back into hospital and I was anxious that he wasn’t getting enough milk. Doctors told me ‘try not to let him cry too much, because his hernia may pop out.’ It was exhausting. Mentally, I couldn’t cope.”
“I lost the confidence to go out, it was just too stressful. I felt I had no one to talk to. I was really isolated.”
Her life got back on track after she was paired with befriender Emily.
She said; “She had experienced many of the same issues I had; it was so reassuring to talk to someone who knew how I felt.
“It was baby steps at first - a walk round the block, then to the local park and, eventually, into town. She went with me to groups so that I wasn’t sitting on my own and introduced me to other parents.
“Slowly, my confidence built up. The anxiety and nerves calmed down and so did Cal. I’m slowly coming off anti-depressants and soon I want to be off completely.”