Mums walk to ward off post-natal blues

Tracey Bicket with Evelyn and Linsey Hale with Joe.
Tracey Bicket with Evelyn and Linsey Hale with Joe.

Parent groups from the Neerabup region’s child health centres joined the November 19 walk, the first event of its kind to mark Post-Natal Depression Awareness Week.

Child health nurse Lorraine Wilson, from the Quinns Rocks Child Health Centre, said they were promoting physical activity for new mothers and the value of interacting with other mothers.

Quinns Rocks mother Linsey Hale and Butler’s Tracy Bicker belong to a mother’s group with 12 mums and 13 babies, including their eight-month-olds Joe and Evelyn.

‘We have been seeing Lorraine since our bubs were four weeks old ” they were all born in February or March,’ Mrs Hale said.

‘Having that opportunity to go to a local playgroup is really good and having a local health centre prompted a lot of us to stick with it.’

Mrs Hale said the group met a couple of times a week, and found support from each other, particularly when dealing with anxiety as first-time mothers.

The first-time mother said theirs was one of the biggest mothers’ groups and their ages ranged from 20 to 43.

‘It is a great support network of mums ” we can bounce ideas off each other,’ she said.

‘It doesn’t really matter how old we all were because we are all experiencing it for the first time.’

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