Recommended reading & links

Surviving Post-Natal Depression:  Cara Aitken

Eyes without Sparkle - Elaine A. Hanzak

Down Came the Rain - Brooke Shields

Life After Birth - Kate Figes

Beyond the Edge – Hazel Rolston

Out of Me – Fiona Shaw

Coping with Post-natal Depression – Dr Sandra Wheatley

Postpartum Depression and Child Development – Lynne Murray and Peter J Cooper

Perinatal Psychiatry – John Cox and Jenni Holden

Overcoming Post-natal Depression, A Five Areas Approach – Chris Williams, Roch Cantwell and Karen Robertson

What Mothers Do: especially  when it looks like nothing by Naomi Stadlen
Fine (Not Fine): Perspectives and Experiences of Postnatal Depression by Bridget Hargreave


Helpful websites

Rockabye is a small group where you can come and meet other parents, share your experiences and spend time nourishing the bond between you and your baby and is run in several Bristol Children’s Centres by Rockabye practitioners, who are Family Support Workers who have undergone additional substantial training.

Postnatal Depression Leaflet written by Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Association for Postnatal Illness  –

The Smile Group –

Acacia Family Support -

The Samaritans -

Mind helplines -

Care for the Family -

Mothers for Mothers -

The Northamptonshire Parent Infant Project (NORPIP) -

House of Light -

 support in London -

support in Sheffield -

support in Scotland - 

support in Gloucestershire -

 One Space is a community for single parents with support from experienced parenting facilitators bringing together essential information, interactive learning & friendly forums for peer support. It is a lifeline to many who are parenting alone.
One Space aims to be the first port of call for single parents online – providing professional 1-2-1 advice from a team of experts in areas such as family law; benefits; CSA; money and debt; relationships and separation etc.
One Space is delivered by the Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) with support from the Department for Education.

The Counselling Directory:  a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. Information re. many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. All counsellors  listed provide their qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body. We have a page on Depression which can be found here:

Mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth are often under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated. The RCGP recognises the importance of better detection and treatment of mental health problems during this perinatal time and is pleased to share this Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit.