New Parents Raising Their Babies In Isolation Are Grieving For The Experience They Imagined
There has been a 20% surge in callers to national Australian support group Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) as families grapple with social isolation in the new coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline, which is now sourcing retired volunteers to meet current demand, is a “live thermometer” for how parents across Australia are coping, according to its chief executive Julie Borninkhof.
“We have seen a significant increase in the number of new and expecting mums and dads across Australia who are accessing those services,” Borninkhof told BuzzFeed News.
“They’re not just the kind of callers we’ve had historically, those with a diagnosable mental illness, but those who probably would have been going okay historically but who are more stressed… there are so many triggers out there for people at the moment.
“We could see it with each stage of shutdown and the minute the mum’s groups were closed, that increased the number of calls significantly. It wasn’t just people who were reacting to not being able to attend a mother’s group, but those who were pregnant saying ‘I’m about to give birth and I’d expected that support would be there and now it isn’t going …continued .