A pregnant woman may be worried about her own pregnancy.
But a new pregnancy test could help to help her understand the symptoms of postpartum depression.
“It can help her cope with the pregnancy and keep track of it,” said Elsie Stoddart, a psychologist who specialises in helping pregnant women cope with postpartus depression.
“It can also give her the confidence to talk about her feelings.”
A free pregnancy testing service is available to pregnant women in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.
It can be used at a variety of locations.
Dr Stoddard said that in some cases, women were reluctant to use the service because they felt their relationship with their partner was damaged by the pregnancy.
She said the internet had helped her to reach out to these women and to make them aware of the free test.
“We had to go to these forums and talk to them, and we have found that a lot of them actually are actually happy with it,” she said.
“They have had a lot more access to information about their experiences with depression than the mainstream.”
The service is free to use, and Dr Stodding said she did not receive any money from her clinic, which was set up by her husband to provide free pregnancy tests to women.
“I don’t make any money out of it.
It’s just the service that we offer to women who have been struggling with depression and have struggled to cope with their pregnancy,” she told Al Jazeera.”
If they feel like they have had enough of that then they can come and have the service, and if they feel there is something they want, they can ask us.”
Women can also visit a counselling centre to find out more about postpartums depression.
Dr David Lonergan, a professor of psychology at the University of Sydney, said the fact that the service is voluntary and free was important.
“There are some women who may have been using this service for a long time who are feeling a little bit lost,” Dr Lonergans said.
“And it’s nice to know that they are not alone.”
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