Post Natal Depression

I Had A S**t Birth. Here's Six Reasons I Really Want Others To Know

Sarah Howson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Howson

I had an awful birth experience. But I didn't die. My baby didn't die. In fact, she is thriving - the brightest, happiest little ray of sunshine you ever did meet. And, almost two years on, here I am, getting the help I need. We all lived to tell the tale. So why does that tale even need to be told any more?

Post Natal Anxiety - My Old Flame

Hayley Gardner | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Gardner

The cruelest trait of anxiety is its ability to creep up and blindside you whilst you're sitting eating your mugshot on a Tuesday afternoon. For me, anxiety started as that feeling of rocking on your chair a little too hard and tipping over the point of balance.

Post Partum PTSD Support Needs Addressing - For Both Mums and Dads

Ruth Drake | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

I don't think anybody would disagree that support for parents following trauma should be offered as soon as possible. However, due to an extremely underfunded and overworked NHS, this support is rarely forthcoming.

To The New Mum Quietly Suffering From Breastfeeding Grief - Maternal Mental Health Awareness

Holly Leppard | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

I know that you want the best for your precious baby. You've spent nine gruelling months providing a safe and comfortable home for the life you and your partner created together. The physical changes, aches and pains and the emotional rollercoaster ride is a challenge for even the most straightforward of pregnancies.

In Order To Overcome Postnatal Depression You Must First Recognise It

Sarah Rose Gregory | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Rose Gregory

The people around me knew there was a difference but couldn't quite put their finger on it I had a baby, right? Sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for.

It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint Dealing With The Black Dog

Sarah Lloyd | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lloyd

She and her RIOT squad where born out of the black dog. To overcome her depression (and hers was pretty bad) Vicky started to run. She is the one that told me that depression is often the curse of the brave - that sufferers are those people who push themselves to the point of breaking.

Every Day My Daughter Dies - Parenting With Anxiety

J.J. Barnes | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I don't know if this is specific to my own type of anxiety, if it's common amongst those who suffer in general, or if it's just standard in even the most calm natured of mothers, but every day I have to process my daughter's death.

Adele's Right... Why Doing What You Love When You're A Mum Helps You 'Come Back To Yourself'

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

When munchkin was about 14 months old, I began going to yoga classes while my husband watched the baby, and it was such a relief to do something just for me. And yes, I could almost hear the strains of Adele singing.... "HELLOOOO" in my mind as I did my downward dog. Yes, Hello, I was back.

Why Having An Only Child Is Nobody Else's Business But Mine

Joanne Szczyglowski | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Szczyglowski

Back in the safety bubble of my car, tears rolled down my cheeks. It's happening again the same old scenario, why do complete strangers feel they have the right to discuss with you in public your future family plans?

Imperfectly Perfect

Tina Medlock | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Some three and half years later when I had received an autism diagnosis for Joseph, I felt like my world was about to end and felt angry that once again, life wasn't as simple as it should be. It wasn't a case of me only just falling in love with my son and then falling out of love with him because he had a label.

Even Alpha Mummies Struggle...

Beth Barker | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Barker

But what about when life is not fun? What about when you look around you, and everyone else seems to be coping with the ups and downs of the everyday, but you find yourself feeling alone and struggling to manage?

Slipping Through The Cracks Of NICU Parent Mental Health Care

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

This is surely the time our mental health is likely to suffer? Why is there not some sort of check system to go and visit those who have had a traumatic birth or had a NICU baby, or even lost a baby? Perhaps then it won't get to the point where we are diagnosed with a mental illness.

Are There Any Real Benefits To Be Gained From Eating Your Placenta?

Dr Simon Berrisford | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Simon Berrisford

But just because celebs are advocating it, with all their worldly wisdom (and cash) does that mean that eating your placenta actually does you any good? Medically speaking, it would seem that the answer is a resounding no. In fact there are even questions raised over its risks.

Pigeon Pair And Wanting A Third

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

I've found parenting difficult and I'm certainly not the earth mother I had imagined myself to be. I've had PND, had a breakdown and have come out the other side, but I can confidently say I've been a good mum, caring mum, loving mum and my children are flourishing. I want another baby, not yet, but in a few years' time and this baby will complete our family as five.

The PND Disaster: It's Ok Not To Be Ok

Laura Suzanne Light | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Suzanne Light

Back then, The Unsung Mum was full of joy from having The Baby but that didn't last long. Once at home, The Unsung Mum started feeling a bit odd. See, like everyone, she'd heard of post-natal depression, but didn't actually know what it was.

Laughing at Demons: How 'A Billion Days of Parenthood' Was Born

Taylor Glenn | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

There's something else that happens when comedians tackle things like mental illness: it creates a conversation. It lifts stigma in a more powerful way than a dozen earnest documentaries can do. It achieves that which seemed impossible that day I genuinely thought I'd never do comedy again: it makes it OK that I went through it - and it's OK if you went through it, too.

How You Can Support Maternal Mental Health Day

Gemma Devaney | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Was there a time when you were pregnant, or after you gave birth, that you felt so horrendously sh*t and just wanted someone to talk too? But you were either too afraid to say what was on your mind or no one asked you how you were really feeling? If you're nodding yes, you really aren't the only one.

How Do I Know If I Have Post Natal Depression?

Rachael Jones | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rachael Jones

So you may have heard of Post Natal Depression, but do you know the symptoms? One in seven women and 1 in 10 men suffer from it but awareness of this illness tends to be after diagnosis rather than in the lead up to having a baby. So if you're trying for a baby, pregnant or a new parent here are the key symptoms to look out for in yourself and your partner.

'I Don't Want to Be a Mum Anymore'

Tillie Mabbutt | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tillie Mabbutt

I hated that he needed me so much; I hated losing my independence & that I no longer felt like 'me'. I started to feel a huge amount of resentment towards him; this of course led to a massive gap in understanding between Shaun and I.

When Selfish Mothers Unite

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Well I got a whole lot more than I had anticipated when I managed to wangle 24 hours away from my loved ones this weekend. I set off to join the inspirational Molly Gunn, founder of the Selfish Mother blogzine and 24 other (non-pregnant) women who had let themselves off the 'leash' for a day at the spectacular Rathfinny Wine Estate.

Postnatal Depression, My Daughter and Me

Amy Jewell | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Jewell

When you were just a conversation, an agreement, a hope. When you seemed an impossibility and became all I thought about as I jealously noticed the beautiful bumps that seemed to surround me. I loved you then.

Another Baby After Postnatal Depression

Laura Clark | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

I didn't know how much I'd struggle. I didn't know the mental and emotional battle that lay just around the corner. I didn't know how anxiety felt, how every hour feels like a year. I hadn't experienced insomnia, I'd never lost my appetite. I'd never experienced true, pure terror.

Why We Should Stop Asking 'Are You Enjoying Motherhood?'

Zara Walker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

What makes it worse is parents, just like me, begin to perpetuate this. We ask the same questions we loathed ourselves, we begin to reinforce the notion that motherhood and enjoyment are bed fellows. Is it because we are too scared to admit the truth?

The Mummy Movement That Is Beating Loneliness and Isolation

Josie Barron | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Parents
Josie Barron

Online support is great, when you are up at 3am knowing that someone else is too makes it better. But does our online world solve isolation and loneliness? No it doesn't. To solve the problem we need a real life support network.

The Love and Loss of Caring for a Foster Child

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

One of the joys of foster care is being a witness to extraordinary, life-changing moments. I shall never forget the day we took three young children to the beach for the first time ever, even though they had lived no more than 15 miles from the sea.