Perinatal refers to the period during pregnancy and up to one year after birth. Postnatal depression is now called perinatal depression because it is recognised that many women experience depression during pregnancy as well as after the birth of their child.
Perinatal Support Group (Galway)
Where? Merlin Park University Hospital, Unit 8, Merlin Park, Dublin Road, Galway.
When? Every Wednesday at 7.30pm.
(Directions: enter main gate, continue up avenue, follow signs, take 4th right turn, go to end of road & turn left. Unit 8 is on the right. Parking available outside.)
This group is a peer support group aiming to help new and expectant mothers experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression, anxiety and other perinatal mood disorders. The group offers the women the chance to explore options available to them and learn coping skills to reduce the impact of the condition. It also provides a comfortable and safe place where women can share their experiences with one another.
It is free to attend, you do not need to book in advance and no referral is necessary.
This group has been established in conjunction with the multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health group in the maternity unit of Galway university hospital. This support group is governed by Aware.