Life with a new baby isn't always what you expect. Pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a baby can bring physical, emotional and social changes. Adjusting to new roles and relationships aren't always easy.
Almost four out of five mothers will experience the baby blues. Partners can also experience emotional difficulties, especially if their partner is depressed.
This is normal and can start in the first week after the baby is born. With good physical care and emotional support, it will typically pass within two weeks.
Sometimes the baby blues don't go away. You may also feel this way during your pregnancy or later during the baby's first year. You may:
If you've had any of these symptoms, don't wait: seek help immediately.
Baby's early experiences help shape the way they will learn, think and behave for the rest of their lives. Caregivers play an important role in their baby's brain development.
Attachment is the emotional bond between you and your baby. This early development can affect their physical, social and emotional well-being as they grow. Attachment begins at birth and grows during the first year. Healthy attachment forms when a baby’s physical and emotional needs are responded to quickly and warmly.