Parent Mental Health 


Navigating the early years of having a premature or sick baby can be incredibly challenging, both emotionally and mentally. 

It's natural to feel overwhelmed by the complexities of your baby's health struggles and the uncertainty of what the future holds. Witnessing your baby's challenges and facing the possibility of long-term medical complications can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and helplessness. Additionally, the extended hospitalization that your baby had, may have disrupted your daily routines, social connections, and overall sense of normalcy, leaving you feeling isolated and alone. 

You are not alone in this journey. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, and it's essential to prioritize your mental health and well-being during this time.  

Sometimes it can be difficult to know when things have crossed the line, and what we think is stress may be signs of postnatal mental health conditions in early parenthood like depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems. 

Seeking support from healthcare providers, mental health professionals, and peer support groups can provide valuable resources and a sense of community as you navigate this challenging time. 

Need support? NurtureConnect allows you to connect with our NurtureProgram support team, or call our 24 hour NurtureLine 1300 622 243 or join our Facebook community.


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Disclaimer: This publication by Miracle Babies Foundation is intended solely for general education and assistance and it is it is not medical advice or a healthcare recommendation. It should not be used for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment for any individual condition. This publication has been developed by our Parent Advisory Team (all who are parents of premature and sick babies) and has been reviewed and approved by a Clinical Advisory Team. This publication is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Miracle Babies Foundation recommends that professional medical advice and services be sought out from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your personal circumstances.To the extent permitted by law, Miracle Babies Foundation excludes and disclaims any liability of any kind (directly or indirectly arising) to any reader of this publication who acts or does not act in reliance wholly or partly on the content of this general publication. If you would like to provide any feedback on the information please email [email protected].