Depression following childbirth can come in different forms, ranging from a short period of mild depression, the ‘baby blues’, to a more intense and long-lasting postnatal depression (PND). The baby blues is a brief period of anxiety, sadness and mood swings after delivering a baby/babies and usually goes away after 1 or 2 weeks. PND is depression suffered by a mother following childbirth. Some women trace their depression back to their positive pregnancy test or finding out they were pregnant with twins, triplets or more at the scan. More commonly, you may find PND developing after the birth of your twins, triplets or more, with the baby blues getting progressively worse as time goes on. Other women do not develop PND until much later; sometimes several months after their babies are born. 

It's less commonly known about, but fathers and partners can also experience PND too. Two brave twin dads have shared their experiences of PND with us, you can read them here.

Postnatal Depression

It is important to recognise the symptoms of Postnatal Depression. Find out the signs to look out for and the support that is available for parents.

PND Experiences

Thank you to parents who have bravely shared their experience of PND. We hope their stories will encourage others who are struggling, to get help.

Support services

We're committed to helping all families of multiples. We have a wide range of support available including resources, online communities, Twinline and Family Crisis Support.