The Big Pram Walk: a push to support new parents


Chelsea Baker with Sophie, then 10 days old.
Chelsea Baker with Sophie, then 10 days old.

THE Big Pram Walk will be held in Perth this Sunday, raising awareness and funds to help new mothers facing depression and anxiety.

Depression and anxiety are experienced by one in 10 women and one in 20 men during the period of pregnancy, and one in seven women and one in 10 men following the birth of their baby.

The Big Pram Walk WA carnival will begin at 8am on Sunday at Elizabeth Quay.

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Chelsea Baker, mum to eight-month-old Sophie, struggled through pregnancy and after her daughter was born.

“The anxiety pretty much started as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I had always wanted to have a baby, but as soon as I found out I was pregnant everything changed,” she said.

“I was referred to a psychologist, a psychiatrist and had support groups… the anxiety led to depression, I was constantly worried that something would happen to Sophie, or that I was not a good enough mother or her development wasn’t happening at the right times.

“I also had to go to hospital to have my gall bladder removed, so there was a time we were apart while we were trying to bond.”

She urged new parents in the same position to “speak up and get help as soon as you can”.

The Big Pram Walk WA is raising funds for beyondblue and the Australian Red Cross. It is supported by local businesses such as Dale Health, Born Pure, The Conscious Mother and Life Resolutions.