Helping mothers bond with their newborns

Ms Goh Sing Yee experienced post-natal depression when her first child was born in 2012. She eventually sought professional help at KKH. Dr Helen Chen (left), head of KKH's psychological medicine department, with Ms Ong Li Lian, a senior clinical cou
Dr Helen Chen (left), head of KKH’s psychological medicine department, with Ms Ong Li Lian, a senior clinical counsellor at the same department. The hospital started a pilot programme in April last year to help mothers who struggle to forge a bond with their babies.ST PHOTOS: SYAMIL SAPARI
Ms Goh Sing Yee experienced post-natal depression when her first child was born in 2012. She eventually sought professional help at KKH. Dr Helen Chen (left), head of KKH's psychological medicine department, with Ms Ong Li Lian, a senior clinical cou
Ms Goh Sing Yee experienced post-natal depression when her first child was born in 2012. She eventually sought professional help at KKH.ST PHOTOS: SYAMIL SAPARI

For some mothers, bonding with their newborns is a struggle that leaves them feeling overwhelmed, guilty and ashamed.

In one case, recalled Dr Helen Chen, the mother felt completely disconnected from her child.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Helping mothers bond with their newborns'. Print Edition | Subscribe