Charlotte’s media grant project is an investigative 60 Minutes story broadcast on 4 May about postnatal depression.
In the weeks and months after giving birth, some mothers become bound by mental illness and it’s not an isolated problem ‒ at least 15% of New Zealand women experience postnatal depression.
Charlotte explores a new maternal mental health service in the North Island targeting 650 mothers and babies each year. The money has largely been channelled to those needing acute care with a new Mothers and Babies unit at Starship Hospital, expanded respite care facilities in the region and offers more in-home care for mothers.
She also talks to those with personal experience of postnatal depression and shares their stories, as well as their perspectives on the benefits of the new service.