The Conscious Mother author Kirstin Bouse helping mothers deal with post-natal depression


Kirstin Bouse
Kirstin Bouse

A MORLEY psychologist released a book this month on motherhood and post-natal depression.

The Conscious Mother author Kirstin Bouse (41) has been a clinical psychologist for 20 years.

The mother of four said she wanted to help as many mothers as possible.

The Conscious Mother really came about because I work a lot with women during their pregnancy and after their babies were born,” Bouse said.

“I see a lot of peri-natal mental health which is any sort of anxiety or depression during pregnancy; I saw the same thing tripping them up again and again.”

Bouse said there was not enough information available for mothers to prepare themselves psychologically for motherhood.

“It is all about what to do with your baby, what to do with your toddler – loads of books about that but nothing about ‘how do I get myself in the right space’,” she said.

“That is one of my frustrations.”

Bouse, who is a director at Life Resolutions Morley, said she had clients from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

“Some other lower socio-economic mothers…you get added psycho-social issues; so they may perhaps have more family difficulties and sometimes substance use difficulties,” she said.

She also said many mothers experienced post-natal depression after their first baby.

“What I have noticed is women tend to see me for post-natal depression or anxiety when it is their second or third baby,” she said.

“The quicker you get support, the better which is really why doctors are trying to be mindful that these diagnoses are relevant during pregnancy.

“For some it can prevent it and for some others it can reduce the intensity, the length and duration of their experience and symptoms.”

Bouse said she would be launching an online program in September, with the aim to reach out to mothers in regional areas.

The Conscious Mother book launch will be held at Bodhi Tree Cafe in Mount Hawthorn on June 27.

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