A tired mum with guilty feelings

A new mother presents, exhausted and anxious. How can you assist her and her new son?

Anna, a 35-year old woman, married for three years, gave birth to her first child, Thomas, 13 weeks ago.

She runs a small floristry business and is due to return to work in four weeks on a part time basis. 

Anna’s pregnancy was planned, but difficult. She had hyperemesis gravidarum for the first 22 weeks, which impacted her ability to work, causing financial stress and triggering anxiety about the wellbeing of her unborn child.

Of note, Anna had previously had two miscarriages, including one at 24 weeks’.  

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