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The Government plans to launch an information programme to support new parents. They say they've also produced a resource pack to help midwives and health visitors run community groups. The NSPCC has called for vital support for mothers struggling to cope after childbirth.
Responding to the NSPCC survey, parenting groups say the first few weeks of a baby's life "can turn a mother's life upside down". One mother, Sophie Prosser, has spoken about the depression and stress she suffered when her daughter Florence was born.
The 22 year old mother says it took her months to come to terms with the guilt at feeling hate towards her own child. She said she'd never been around a baby before and just couldn't cope.
"I wouldn't pick Florence up. I wouldn't go near her. I spent a lot of time in the bedroom and left my partner to deal with everything.
"I ignored her screams and I yelled at her. I was hateful towards her and said quite openly how much I hated her."
The Government should make resources available to give all babies and their families the services they need, according to the NSPCC. They found a marked difference in the numbers of well-off parents attending ante-natal classes, compared with those from poorer backgrounds.
The NSPCC survey of new mothers found that the majority wanted more help and advice on dealing with anxiety, fear and depression. Almost three quarters of women polled said they needed guidance on how to cope when their baby cried or wouldn't sleep.
- Two in five (40%) find it difficult to cope with the demands of caring for their baby
- One in five (20%) admitted getting very upset at the baby crying
- Three in five (57%) felt isolated with no one to turn to
The NSPCC is calling on the Government to make sure new mothers have better support to cope with the "emotional turmoil" of looking after a child. Their survey found that two in five women struggle in the first few weeks after giving birth, and many felt isolated with no one to turn to.