Depression-in-pregnancy.org was established by me, Delphi Ellis, in 2004 following my own personal journey of finding myself in the frightening place of being delighted to be pregnant but miserable at the same time. You can read my story here or find out more about me below.
I am a therapeutic counsellor and stress management consultant who also explores the role of Dreams and Nightmares in the healing process.
Following a personal journey of depression in pregnancy in 2003-4, I discovered there was little or no help available for women affected by this comon mental health concern.
I decided to set up the a unique website devoted to providing information and support for those affected by ante-natal depression, stress and anxiety (which has also been known as Positively Pregnant).
Following the success of the website, I set up a local support group in 2007 for women affected by depression in pregnancy with the help of my midwife Zoe. I still work hard to raise awareness of ante-natal depression and have approached government, through its MPs, to keep ante-natal depression in the public eye. I have personally spoken with Harriet Harman MP and continue to lobby other MPs at the Houses of Parliament to discuss ways to keep depression in pregnancy on the healthcare agenda.
This website featured in: The Guardian, Pregnancy & Birth, Prima Baby, Daily Express and many more as well as BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
I am a stakeholder in the National Institute for Clinical Excellences guidelines on Ante-natal and Post-natal Mental Health. These guidelines are in place to ensure that health professionals work effectively with those affected by ante-natal and post-natal mental health problems.
How did the website come about?
This website was set up through the encouragement of a community midwife called Zoe and based on the fact that nothing else was available. It also became possible because of the research I found written by Dr Jonathan Evans in 2001 and Professor Nicky Stanley whose acknowledgement of ante-natal depression was vital in being able to bring it in to the public arena.
Delphi Ellis ~ Founder of Depression-in-Pregnancy.org
For more information about Delphi you can visit her official website. You can also take a look at one her videos below.