With 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA), we’re proud to support Gidget Foundation and families around Australia.
Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides programs nationally to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents.
Four ways we’re supporting expectant and new parents
One - In-store book sales
Bunny Bounces Back
Two - Fundraising events
Bun in the Oven
Three - Our staff
Four - Education & resources
Perinatal Resource Hub
What does Gidget Foundation Australia do?
Gidget Foundation Australia have a number of programs to support expectant and new parents. This includes their Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Screening Program, which provides support for pregnant women at selected hospitals.
Their Gidget House and Start Talking programs provide a minimum of 10 free individual psychological counselling sessions for expectant and new parents, face-to-face at various locations or via video call, within a calendar year.
What is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety?
Perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA) is a temporary, treatable, diagnosable condition. It does not discriminate. PNDA occurs when symptoms of anxiety and depression occur during pregnancy or
after baby is born and impacts on daily functioning to varying degrees. It can develop gradually or over a period of time and may continue for many months or longer if not treated.
Ups and downs are expected and common. But when bad days become the norm, a parent may be experiencing perinatal depression and / or anxiety.
Feelings to be aware of:
- Feeling sadder than usual
- Constant worrying
- Feeling worthless and guilty
- Withdrawing from family and/or friends
- Lack of connection with your baby
- Finding it harder to do daily tasks
- Changes in appetite and/or sleep
- Loss of concentration
- Losing interest in sex or intimacy
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Extended periods of irritability and anger
If you are experiencing these feelings for two weeks or more, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.