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Our Mission Statement

"PND is no respecter of persons... It does not care about our income level, or social class, or happiness in marriage, number of cars or homes owned. Even if we have a happy history with one or two babies, it can strike us with a new one. We are all vulnerable.

Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of the problem is that many of the obstetricians, psychiatrists, family doctors, health visitors and social workers really know little or nothing about this condition that can so devastate a woman's life, her family's welfare, and her children's future. Since it is not supposed to exist, women either deny its presence or suffer alone in shame and guilt." Dix, C. 1987.

PNDSA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to:
  • providing information and support for women from all walks of life, who are experiencing Postnatal Depression, and their families, in order to ensure early identification, timeous referral and effective treatment;

  • educating and creating awareness and sensitivity in all professionals who are in contact with women who may be at risk for Postnatal Depression;

  • providing an effective network of support for those suffering the effects of Postnatal Depression, including telephone counselling, home and hospital visiting, group support, and referral to sympathetic professionals for medication and/or therapy;

  • networking and lobbying health authorities nationally, with the purpose of empowering women, and influencing policy-making at all levels, in order to create a mother/baby/family-friendly society within the health system of South Africa;

  • educating the general public, in order to combat the ignorance, intolerance, and fear of being stigmatised, which prevents mothers from acknowledging that they are struggling with the effects of Postnatal Depression;

  • preventing possible child abuse and neglect, resulting from the inability of many depressed mothers to care adequately for their children;

  • preventing long-lasting adverse effects on the social, intellectual and emotional development of the children of mothers who suffer from Postnatal Depression;

  • preventing the breakdown of marriage relationships, which often result from the stresses of untreated Postnatal Depression, through support of partners and other significant members of the family;

  • providing training of support workers in all communities;

  • encouraging and disseminating research related to Postnatal Depression in South Africa;

  • networking with other professional and voluntary organisations, nationally and internationally, who are concerned with the support, care and education of mothers in the ante- and post-natal period.

 

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pndsa Offers

ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWS, COUNSELLING, SUPPORT GROUPS, TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR PROFESSIONALS & VOLUNTEERS, TELEPHONIC SUPPORT & COUNSELLING, CONFERENCE  & OTHER PRESENTATIONS, DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL & PAMPHLETS, LECTURES TO HEALTH PROFESSIONALS & THE GENERAL PUBLIC, HOSPITAL VISITS BY VOLUNTEERS, MEDIA INTERVIEWS, A RESOURCE CENTRE & LIBRARY (FOR PNDSA MEMBERS), SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, A QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

for more information CALL

+ 27 (082) 882 0011 or +27 (083) 309 3911 (National Helplines) or +27 (083) 327 2311 (Gauteng)

Head Office

Tel/Fax: +27 (021) 797 4411

OR EMAIL Colleen Knutsen 

OR WRITE TO:

PNDSA

69 Visser Avenue, 

Trovato Estate, 

Kenilworth, 

W.Cape 7708

SOUTH AFRICA