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Mothers share their experiences of postnatal depression

Kelly Goody has been speaking out about her struggles after the birth of her second son. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two mothers from the Anglia region have been sharing their experiences of post-natal depression, in the hope of helping other parents recognise the symptoms.

1 in 7
mothers affected by postnatal depression in the first year after giving birth
1 in 10
fathers affected by postnatal depression

Kelly's story

Kelly Goody, from Framlingham in Suffolk, first became a mother at the age of 35.

It wasn't until the birth of her second son, Lucas, three years later, that she began to struggle.

Beginning with a persistent headache, she at times believed her house was haunted, her elder son Thomas was possessed, and had constant fears about the health of her and her boys.

Kelly had constant fears about the health of her and her sons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

When I first went on the medication, I thought it would help me sleep at night.

I thought that I'd wake up tomorrow and I'd be fine - all my energy back, love my family.

All those negative thoughts would have gone away. But they didn't.

– Kelly Goody, mother
Marie Miller began experiencing feelings of anxiety and inadequacy when she was still pregnant. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Marie's story

Marie Miller, from Linton in Cambridgeshire, started to struggle while she was pregnant with her twins John and Max.

Marie and her husband were trying for a baby for four years so, when she finally learned she was pregnant, she expected to be over the moon.

Those emotions were quickly overtaken by feelings of anxiety, inadequacy and a fear she was letting her children down.

As soon as he arrived in the living room, I thought my life is over.

My life just stopped, because who I was before, I was no longer this person. And I didn't know who I was supposed to be.

– Marie Miller, mother
Marie is the mother to twin boys Max and John. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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