I'm a new Mother - fainareti

I'm a new Mother

Postpartum (the first 42-days period) and the first year after labour are the adaptation periods for the new mother, her partner/husband and the newborn. Several puerperas go through emotional changes, feel exhaustion, stress, concern and confusion. Other psychological symptoms include emotional disappointment after labour, particularly when the situation did not meet the woman's expectations, stress due to the increased responsibilities of maternity and the exhaustion or the lack of sleep because of the demanding schedule. Even when the puerpera does not feel emotional discomfort, she may still wonder whether she does something wrong or is stressed by certain reactions of the newborn.

During post-partum women are physically and mentally vulnerable and need immediate support from a health professional, such as a midwife. Her partner experiences new conditions and often has no idea of how to treat his partner. At the same time during this period the newborn has special needs often expressed by crying and anxiety to the parents, who don't know how to cope with such situations.

Couples need support during postpartum in order to adapt to the requirements of the new roles.

After labour: "FAINARETI" provides:

1. Midwifery Care and Support

During postpartum and the first months after labour you may receive the following midwifery care and support:

Α) You may schedule an appointment and come for monitoring at the Day Centre alone, together with the newborn/infant or your partner or any other person.

Β) You may attend the Support Programmes for Couples after Labour carried out approximately 3, 6 and 12 months after labour on issues regarding your adaptation to the role of the parent.

Usually these programmes are carried out with the participation of a group of mothers-fathers-infants. You may also arrange private meetings with a midwife.

2. Psychological support

If you are a new mother and:

  • Have doubts and questions about the change in your life,

  • Feel discomfort, stress, grief, anxiety or other symptoms,

  • Know that you suffer from a mental disorder or are concerned about suffering from a mental disorder,

Α) You may visit a mental healthcare professional at the Day Centre.

Β) You may contact Fainareti by calling at the Helpline 210-9319054 and talk to healthcare specialists (psychologists and midwives), who will recommend the appropriate intervention based on your own needs.

C) Besides telephone support and private sessions with a mental healthcare specialist regarding your personal issues, at Fainareti you may participate in group sessions after labour conducted by a psychologist or psychiatrist. At these sessions, which are of informative and educational nature, you'll have the opportunity to get informed about issues regarding perinatal period and raise your questions, such as:

  • Which are the mental disorders occurring during perinatal period (during pregnancy and after labour)?

  • How does a woman or a man understand that they suffer from a mental disorder?

  • Which are the causes of perinatal mental disorders?

  • How can the partner help?

  • How are perinatal mental disorders treated?

  • Which is the ideal parent?

  • Which is the role of the father during the first years of the child?

You may visit a mental health specialist without necessarily suffering from a mental health disorder or grief and stress symptoms. You may contact Fainareti, if you have concerns regarding issues such as:

  • Relationship with your parnter

  • Balance in your relationship with your partner's parents

  • Balance in your relationship with your parents

  • Reaction of the older child as regards the arrival of the younger one

  • Return to work and time management

  • Return to work and separation from the child

  • Unemployment or other issues that make your daily life difficult.


Korai 2 & Omirou, 1st floor
Nea Smyrni
P. C. 17 121
Tel. +30 210 9319054
Fax +30 210 9319056
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