Post Natal Depression

Even Alpha Mummies Struggle...

Beth Barker | Posted 02.12.2016 | 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 Moore | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

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 30.06.2016 | 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 04.05.2016 | 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 22.04.2016 | 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 21.04.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 26.01.2016 | 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.

My Journey With Chronic Fatigue and Hormone Imbalances

Claire Snowdon-Darling | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Snowdon-Darling

I write none of this for sympathy, I'm better than ok, I have done a HUGE amount of work around all of this and it led me to my career change and actually it's led me back to myself, for which I am deeply grateful.

An Open Letter to a Kind Stranger

Aby Moore | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Aby Moore

You were kind and you didn't judge. You took the time out of your day to empathise and notice someone who was on the edge and offer help to them; for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The world needs more people like you

Mother and Baby Units Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Mark Williams | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

Why isn't there a unit in Wales? It's a country in itself, and after being involved in the report in October issues by the MMHA, this shows clearly that prevention and treatment would result in saving the country money in the long term due to the effects of this illness.

I Took Antidepressants When I Was Breastfeeding, and When I Was Pregnant

Hayley Carter | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Carter

Here is the part that makes me want to climb inside the internet and destroy all those pages of ill-advised advice about the dangers of taking antidepressants if you are breastfeeding: You can take antidepressants when you are breastfeeding. I know, because I recently did it. And guess what? It turns out me and my baby are fine...

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

Depression Bingo! Dare You Play?

Jude Hurrell | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

When you go to the doctor to talk about 'feeling a bit down' they get you to do a Depression Questionnaire - like one of those multiple-choice quizzes you get in magazines, only not as fun. Just check 9 easy tick boxes for your chance to win a prescription for legal drugs and a leaflet on 'talking therapies'. #winning

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

Untold Tales of Motherhood and Oppression

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

While several European countries make the Top 10 of places worldwide to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children last year improvements to the ways in which mothers are treated in the UK do not appear to be a government priority.

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)