The Baby Blues

What are The Baby Blues?

’Baby Blues’  is a period of mild depression which affects new mothers, usually starting 3 or 4 days after baby is born.  Baby blues is common, affecting up to 80% of women. It is thought to be due the pregnancy hormones leaving your body.

Symptoms of Baby Blues

  • Increased tearfulness for no apparent reason
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling sad; or mood swings
  • Feeling anxious
  • Worrying excessively about minor problems
  • An overwhelming sense of responsibility
  • Unable to sleep

The symptoms tend to be at their worst on day 4 or 5, but usually gets better by themselves, and should only last a matter of days. However if your symptoms last more than 2 weeks then you should seek help. Describing all your symptoms will help to make a diagnosis.

Support Groups

We have been working closely with Pentreath an award winning mental health charitable organisation to recruit, train and support volunteers who have been running a fabulously successful support group at the Children’s Centre in Falmouth. 


This group has now come to an end.  From the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust we want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who committed valuable time and energy in setting up and maintaining these support groups to help and inspire the mums involved.

News & events


County Perinatal Services Expand following Funding Boost

After successfully obtaining additional funding from NHS England, the Perinatal Mental Health Service has expanded significantly and is now able to offer a more enhanced service across Cornwall. Mandy Raywood, Specialist Perinatal Team Leader said, “Our target group are women who have a significant mental illness or been identified as at risk of developing one […]

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Exciting Times for the Perinatal Team

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team have been successful in their application to NHS England for additional funding to expand the existing perinatal team. We have recently shortlisted 5 candidates for interview for 2 band 6 Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse posts and will be interviewing just before Christmas. We will also be advertising for […]

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