Perhaps it’s the expectation of perfection, or maybe mothers don’t want to open up to health staff. Either way, postnatal depression seems taboo

You see an interesting phenomenon in a baby group. Groups of smiling women, somehow managing to hold a conversation while keeping small objects out of tiny mouths, feeding a baby and getting it to sleep. They talk about their babies, their partners, the news – but never about how tired they are, how relentless life is, how sometimes they have a secret cry in the bathroom. Among the many women that I’ve seen for therapy, one thing links them all – their struggles are silent.

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