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  • A new mother can develop postnatal depression (PND) within a few days or weeks of giving birth.
  • Around one in seven to ten mothers develop PND.
  • PND can range from a mild feeling of sadness to a paralysing depression.
  • The exact causes of PND are not known, but the enormous physical, emotional and social changes involved in becoming a parent seem to play a significant role.
  • Partners can play a big role in helping a woman to recover from PND.
  • New fathers or partners can also develop PND, particularly if their partner is depressed.

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Reviewed on: 07-05-2019