Former AFLW star Moana Hope has opened up about her postnatal depression after the birth of baby boy Ahi.
Speaking on Jessica Rowe’s podcast The Big Talk, Hope said she cried for days after Ahi was born in traumatic circumstances.
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Hope explained that her labour went on for 24 hours, was immensely painful, and when baby Ahi arrived he was not breathing.
“(Labour) is really challenging,” she said.
“I got the epidural after about 10 hours and once we got to the 24, 25-hour mark, the little guy’s heart rate started to drop just suddenly.”
Hope was told to start pushing rapidly.
“I had no idea why we were in such a rush,” Hope said.
“When my obstetrician got in I pushed once for her and she said, ‘No, we have to get him out real quick.’
“And in this moment, I was awake 25 hours going through this labour, I was going in and out of consciousness, I was exhausted.
“They pulled him out and he wasn’t breathing when they put him on me.
“I just felt like, he’s not moving, and I just straight away said, ‘Take him, fix him.’
“They worked on him for a couple of minutes and got him breathing.”
Hope said the situation was “very confronting” as teams worked to help Ahi moments after the delivery.
“In that moment of about 15 people coming in, I was in stirrups, completely naked, blood everywhere,” she said.
“All these 15 strangers coming into the room to save my son.
“I wouldn’t change that for the world, but afterwards that was very confronting for me.”
Ahi is Hope’s second child with her wife Isabella Carlstrom.
Carlstrom carried their first child, daughter Svea, and Hope carried Ahi.
Announcing Ahi’s arrival on Instagram, Hope referred to the difficult labour.
“We are proud parents of this beautiful little baby boy,” she wrote.
“Coming in at almost 4kg’s, we endured 24 hours of labour that was the hardest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life both physically and emotionally.
“It brought us to the most beautiful little boy.
“You my little guy are perfect and your mums love you.”
During The Big Talk podcast, Hope said talking to a psychiatrist about her postnatal depression had been invaluable for her.
“I needed to reach out to my psychiatrist because I wanted to make sure that mentally I was getting that support, because there was things that I just felt like I wasn’t good enough,” she said.
“I think I’ve done really well by talking with my way through it and working my way through it, which has been amazing.
“And I don’t feel that … scariness about it anymore, but that was really hard to deal with.”
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
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