An interesting account of how a Health Visitor acted as the catalyst for change in a mother’s life.
Being a mother seems to be surrounded with the expectation of being able to cope, especially if it is not their first child. Depression is often something that people are able to hide, or are unable to share. And we know that children of parents with depression in the early years are more likely to develop emotional health issues in the future.
How can admitting you are ‘not coping’ be the normal and expected thing to say?
What needs to happen to make this conversation simple, easy, normal, and not surpirisng?
What level of force and persistance is required to action change in a mother who is becomeing stuck?
When are the right points of intervention?
The subtly of noticing
If a parent sees a different health visitor or midwife every time they have an appointment, how can services notice whether the parent is or is not requiring additional support. Change in a persons behaviour and emotional health can be very subtle to spot.
Who is consistent in a mother’s life throughout pregnancy and beyond? What do they need to know in order to recognise signs of depression and offer appropriate support? Are the only consistant inflduences the parent and the child?