A South Australian mother with postpartum psychosis convinced herself to have caused a car accident on television.
After finally to settle their newborn son Taylah relaxed for the night and relaxed on the sofa with her mother and partner in front of the television.
They watched the End of the Year Finale of Home and Away, in which all the characters were involved in a dramatic car accident.
“When the car accident happened on the show, I looked at my mother and partner and said, ‘I caused this,'” says South Australian mother Kidspot.
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Taylah developed symptoms of postpartum psychosis shortly after giving birth to her son. Source: Delivery to Kidspot
“I thought I was a terrible mother – and my baby was going to be taken away”
Taylah’s mother and partner turned to her in confusion, unsure what she meant by that.
“I thought the events were about me and I caused them,” she said.
“My family told me that it was just my head and that it wasn’t really happening.”
But Taylah didn’t believe it – everything felt completely real to her.
She was certain that she had caused the car accident and that her young son would be taken away for being a “terrible mother”.
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Feeling like a bad mother, Taylah convinced herself that her son would be taken away. Source: Delivery to Kidspot
“The GP told me it was baby blues and it was going to pass.”
These feelings began shortly after Taylah gave birth to her son in 2016, who was delivered with tweezers after 38 weeks.
Soon Taylah was convinced that she was a bad mother who would eventually lose her child.
Over time, these feelings became so strong and difficult to live with that Taylah went to the doctor for support.
But the GP simply told her that “it was just baby blues and it would go away”.
This left Taylah extremely confused – she did not understand how one of those intense feelings of guilt and sadness would suddenly “go away” one day.
“At the time, I didn’t know there was any postpartum psychosis … so I had no idea it could happen to me.”
Taylah was finally diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after an emergency. Source: Delivery to Kidspot
“I was finally diagnosed with postpartum psychosis”
In fact, Taylah was only diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after a trip to the emergency room after her symptoms continued to worsen.
At the hospital, doctors rushed into action telling her she had to go to the mother and child unit, a perinatal and child mental health department, for help as soon as possible.
Despite the urgency, Taylah soon learned that the unit had only six beds available across the state – so no one knew how long she might have to wait.
To her great surprise, the call came later that night to say that a bed had been made available.
“We packed our things and drove straight there – we didn’t know how long I would stay there,” Taylah remembers emotionally.
“I was scared and upset that I had to be there – but I knew deep down that I had to be there to get the help and support to alleviate the disease.”
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Taylah was treated for postpartum psychosis in a mother and child unit – and wants other parents to know it’s okay to ask for help. Source: Delivery to Kidspot
“There should be more facilities to support parents after the birth.”
In the mother and child unit, Taylah was given medication to keep her thoughts under control.
“I had a great time in the mother and child department – I met some great mothers who went through the same thing with their small families. It was an amazing facility, ”she says.
“But there should be more facilities for mothers and fathers who need support after their babies are born.
“What I’ve been through and experienced was terrifying and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
Taylah wants to make sure other parents who may be having problems know that it is okay to ask for help.
“It takes a village – that’s what your friends and family are for. It’s okay to need that extra support after your bubs are born, ”she concluded passionately.
How can I get help with postpartum psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a “serious mental illness that begins shortly after birth” and causes a “loss of reality” according to the Royal Women’s Hospital.
“It can be extremely scary because it’s hard to tell the difference between reality and the disease that is playing tricks on your brain,” the website said.
“Postpartum psychosis is a psychiatric emergency and you must be treated immediately to keep your safety and the safety of your baby. Please go to the nearest hospital.”
If you are concerned about postpartum psychosis, call PANDA at 1300 726 306. PANDA supports women, men and families affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health problems during pregnancy and early parenting.
If a friend or someone you know seems to be having problems, they can also reach out to PANDA for assistance.
You can also speak to your friend to let them know that you are available, encourage them to seek help, and offer practical assistance such as helping out. B. giving food or looking after children.