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Postnatal Depression (PND)

Mothers of multiples are at a higher risk of experiencing PND – 20% (approximately 1 in 5) mothers of twins and 27% of mothers of triplets are diagnosed by their health professional as suffering from postnatal depression. It is important to remember that dads can also experience PND.

Depression can come in different forms, ranging from a short period of mild depression, the ‘baby blues’ which affect almost half of all mothers in the first few days after birth, to a more intense and long-lasting postnatal depression (PND). The baby blues can be described as a brief period of anxiety, sadness and mood swings after delivering a baby/babies and usually resolves itself within a week.

PND can be described as depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from a combination of psychological adjustment to motherhood, hormonal changes and fatigue. Some women trace their depression back to the positive pregnancy test or finding out they were expecting multiples at the scan. More commonly, you may find PND developing after the babies’ birth, with the baby blues getting progressively worse as time goes on. Other women do not develop PND until much later; often several months after their babies are born.

Experiences of PND

Four brave parents have shared their experience of Postnatal Depression with us. We do hope that their stories will encourage other multiple birth mothers and fathers who are struggling, to seek out and get help. Click here for their stories.

More information about PND

We have a selection of factsheets if you or someone you know is suffering with mental health challenges or postnatal depression and has multiple birth babies/children. Click here to view our factsheets and guide.



Recognising the symptoms

How should you expect to feel if you have postnatal depression? There are several symptoms to recognise and these include:

On their own, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have PND. If you think you are experiencing postnatal depression, please speak to a health visitor, doctor or midwife who can make a diagnosis, using a screening questionnaire called the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Score (EPDS).”

For more info on PND please download our PND guide.

Frequently asked questions

Suzette Jones is a Health & Wellbeing Adviser for the Diocese of Guildford. In these videos Suzette answers some frequently asked questions regarding perinatal mental health for multiple birth mothers and fathers

If you are finding things difficult and would like to speak to one of our Twinline volunteer listeners they can provide you with a listening ear. Call our freephone helpline Twinline (which is open every day from 10am-1pm and from 7pm-10pm) on 0800 138 0509 or you can also email Asktwinline@tamba.org.uk


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Twinline 0800 138 0509. Free support and advice for people expecting twins or already looking after twins.


Postnatal depression guide



 PND Guide box 2


Our guide on postnatal depression