The right support is vital
Clare from Glasgow stayed in a specialist perinatal mental health unit after her child was born and says was lucky to receive the help she needed.
"I felt so guilty. This was supposed to be a special time for us to all bond as a family and I was taking my child away from my partner.
"Other mums were meeting for coffee and taking their children to baby groups - that's what we should have been doing."
"Group sessions helped me realise that I wasn't alone. I could identify with other mums' experiences and what they were feeling. That peer support is so important.
"After leaving the unit I had weekly home visits from health professionals. My family were also really supportive.
"The bond between us is extra special because of what we've been through. We have lots of laughs and my daughter says we are best friends. I am so lucky to have had such support.
"Lots of midwives and GPs don't know what specialist services are available and there aren't enough across Scotland. It really is a postcode lottery, with too many women suffering in silence."