Peter Overton opens up about wife Jessica Rowe’s post-natal depression 5

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It’s been nine years since Jessica Rowe and Peter Overton’s first child was born.

But now Overton has opened up about his wife’s battle with post-natal depression.

An emotional Overton made the revelation in an episode of In Conversation of Alex Malley that will air tomorrow.

The Channel Nine newsreader revealed how Rowe burst into tears and said she wasn’t “handling being a mother very well”.

“I went over to her and she said, ‘I think I have postnatal depression’, and I said two things: ‘Do you want to hurt Allegra?’ She said, ‘I don’t think so.’ ‘And yourself?’ And she said, ‘I don’t think so.’ And I grabbed her and hugged her and said, ‘Everything is going to be all right, I promise you’.,” he said.

The TV media couple soon sought professional help.

“I spoke to her obstetrician the next day and we got her to a psychiatrist who specialises in post-natal and we were lucky we could do that,” Overton said.

“And the doctor said, ‘Peter, you have a very, very ill wife. Perhaps you don’t realise just how sick she is’.”

One night he read an article on the computer that his wife had written – it’s something he said he’ll never forget

“She talked about a little Tiffany clock we had and the knives that she had to throw out because of the fear that she had of hurting Allegra,” Overton revealed.

“I read that and as a husband I simply went and hugged her and said, ‘It’s going to be all right’. At the time, Jesus Christ, it was bloody awful. It was just awful. It was a really hard time for her and for me … really challenging.”

Have you ever known somebody who battled post-natal depression?

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  1. A gorgeous family !. Just love Jessica & how she can continue to help others with the same condiction , it’s one of those silent illnesses that creep up on you but with the correct help you can get better & move forward & in the next few years there will be more illnesses come to rise !. Thank you Jessica & family for all your help & what you continue to do !.

  2. Well done to you and your family for talking about this sad problem people will benefit greatly from your story peter &jessica

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    I know of a lovely young woman who after giving birth ,: did not feel good enough: to be a mum. She did everything right,loved her child,protected him,but could not bond with him. If it affected the baby ,we don’t know,but since her second child,the floodgates opened and she is the most amazing mummy with enough love for any children she may have. She never knew it was post natal depression. It is a happy little household ,she to had amazing partner to support her and family …

  4. I have so much respect for any man that sticks by his wife when she is going through such a difficult time. Good on you Peter for sticking by her and actively looking fir help. A lot if husbands won’t.

  5. I suffered with postnatal depression after my 1st. son was born. “I would never wish it on anyone”. I still feel the guilt of not giving my son the love and happiness he needed as a baby. You can never get the time back.

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