Child Care News for Parents October 8, 2014 -®
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October 8, 2014
This week is Mental Health Week and as part of the work towards identifying and helping those with mental health issues, we look at the growing problem of Peri-natal Depression or "Baby Blues". Single parents are on the increase and so is the cost of living. So if you're struggling to pay the bills you might like to read our article on single parents sharing the load.
Baby blues & post natal depression

Do you know the difference and could you spot it?

Mental Health Week is a national event, which runs from Oct 5 to 12 and coincides with World Mental Health Day (10 October). The aim is to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing, and equip people with the right information.

As part of Mental Health Week we have chosen to highlight the issue of Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression. Do you know the difference between Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression? Could you spot depression in yourself, a friend or partner? And if you did, would you know what to do about it?

Being pregnant and giving birth and all that it entails is a hugely emotional and life-changing experience. Hormones are raging, our body is changing and we experience sleeplessness, anxiety, acute tiredness, tearfulness and many other symptoms, which are all perfectly normal with everything that's going on.

For one to two weeks after giving birth, many women also experience a short period of mood swings, tearfulness, anxiety and difficulty in sleeping. This can affect up to 80% of new mums and is known as the baby blues and is thought to be linked with the stresses associated with late pregnancy, labour and delivery, along with the rapid hormonal changes that accompany the birth.
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Single parents share the load

…of child care and household bills

The latest labour force statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics form the last census say that in June 2012, there were 641 thousand one parent families with dependants, and most (84%) were single mother families.

In half (50%) of one-parent families with dependents, the age of the youngest child was between 0 and 9 years old. Managing home and work life with young children is physically, emotionally and financially hard enough hard enough if you're in a relationship with a supportive partner. Imagine what it's like on a daily basis when you're completely on your own.

So it's not surprising that many single mums are teaming up with likeminded single parents to share the load of household bills, chores and child care.
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