The Blue Rose Project

The Blue Rose project rose after the birth of my daughter Vida when I was diagnosed with severe, persistent and protracted perinatal depression. The depression came as a surprise to both myself and my husband and as a topic had little if at all been touched on during the perinatal education sessions which we had attended during my pregnancy. Out of desperation my husband searched for information after I was admitted to the Belmont Perinatal Disorder Unit for the first 5 months of our daughter’s life. This lengthly stay quickly eventuated into another two years of suffering and ongoing hospital admissions as I struggled to cope as a first time mother who had additional life and work stressors which made life as a new parent almost untenable. To this day and forever more will I be grateful to the perinatal unit, every special nurse who helped me on my journey and the long list of other psychologists, doctors, exercise physiologists and social workers who made my journey possible. My husband, myself and my daughter all have you all to thank for saving my life many times over during a time when my life seemed insurmountable.