Postnatal Depression

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.

NICE Calls For Pregnant Women And New Mums To Receive Mental Health Support From GPs

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women and new mothers should be given more support and guidance surrounding their mental health, according to a new report by NICE. The Natio...

Is My Personality Broken?

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

With the diagnoses of borderline personality disorder I've had the worry of if I should tell anyone, would I be cast out and judged or could I do what my personality does so well and be impulsive with it and just say f**k it.

Postnatal Depression - That Mother Of An Illness!

Amy Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Smith

It doesn't come with spots, a high temperature, a rash or swelling, nothing that lets people know that you're ill. Oh look she's got the PND rash, she could probably do with some help or a listening ear. Nope! It hides away, so only you know.

7 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents

Postnatal depression affects between 10-15% of all new mothers in the UK, making women feel low and experience difficult bonding with their newborn ba...

Understanding Why New Motherhood Can Be So Lonely

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I can now treasure these simple moments of just baby, moonshine and me, but those first months of motherhood were tinged with loneliness: a surprising predicament that I hadn't prepared myself for

Five Times Women Got Real About Postnatal Depression

Georgia James | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents

About 10 to 15 per cent of new mothers suffer from postnatal depression (PND) but it is still to an extent treated like a closely guarded secret – s...

Mum's Honest Post About Her Postnatal Depression Journey: 'I Hated My Baby'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has been praised for opening up about her journey with postnatal depression in the hope it will help other parents who may be suffering. Suzanne...

Struggling With Negative Thoughts After Having A Baby?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents

All new parents know that it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook in the first few months of parenthood - all that sleep deprivation and constan...

Mums, Mental Health And Welsh Cakes

Carrie Ladd | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Parents
Carrie Ladd

Consider this scenario: an anxious new mum, sat in those seats in the corner trying to settle her 6 week old colicky baby. Whilst half the waiting room coo over this new bundle-of-joy, she is feeling confused and holding back the tears. It may have taken significant courage to actually pick up the phone and book this appointment.

"Some People Would Give Anything To Be Pregnant"

Maddy Matthews | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

This probably seems more like a rant than a reasonable, balanced blog post. I've tried to keep it from becoming a stream of consciousness, but it's hard when you're angry. Three years ago, having people tell me how lucky I am was probably the least useful piece of advice I ever received.

To Love Someone With Postnatal Depression

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

To love someone with postnatal depression must be incredibly hard and exhausting at times and requires so much patience. My darling husband has really been my rock especially over the last 18 months and has been a constant cheerleader to me. He has seen me at my worse, he has seen me broken, he has seen me hate myself and has still been able to love me.

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

Nothing Prevents Babies Like PND Can

Gemma Devaney | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Without sounding like a stalker fan, you've always been my queen of queens. I didn't think you could get any higher up my hierarchy of queenliness, but that was until yesterday when you opened up to the world about your fight with PND.

A Thank You To Adele From A Fellow Mum With PND

Olivia Siegl | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

As a mum who went into Motherhood (wrongly) assuming that PND only happened to mothers who had a history of mental health problems, that it was something that happened to women who were not "strong' enough, that it meant they hated their children, I know firsthand how dangerous these misconceptions can be.

Adele Is 'Frightened' To Have More Kids Because She Suffered From Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

Adele has revealed she suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of her first child. The 28-year-old, who is mum to four-year-old Angelo with...

My Postnatal Depression Battle And Getting Help

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Now I look back and it was obvious that I had PND and also that I wasn't a bad mum, I was just struggling and trapped in my own self-doubting head. I couldn't get out the bed in the morning and spent most of my time either crying or wishing I could escape.

A Letter To Myself In The Depths Of Depression

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Some days you'll feel like you're back on track and then it will come out of nowhere again like a black cloud, but these days will get fewer and you will have more good days than bad and you'll know that you have the ability to feel happiness again.

Why No Woman Should Feel Ashamed Of Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

Three mothers have bravely spoken out about feelings of isolation and fear when they suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of their child...

PND: Admitting You Are Not As OK As You Make Out

Zoe George | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Parents
Zoe George

We all know that being a parent is not an easy job, we all have good days and bad days. But what do you do when you start to feel like the bad days are outnumbering the good ones at 10:1? It's not an easy thing to admit that at the moment you are not enjoying being a parent. I know I have been there. Here is my first post about my battle with PND

More Than 50% Of Parents With A Perinatal Mental Illness Contemplate Suicide

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents

UPDATE: The article has been updated to make it clearer that all parents involved in the survey had experienced a perinatal mental illnesses. More th...

PND - Me VS. She

Samantha Wills | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Wills

At my lowest point, I hand her to my husband and say, "There was nothing even wrong with us before. We were fine, just us two. Why did we ever think a baby was a good idea? I don't even want her." I don't even want her. I actually said that.

Two Preemie Babies and Two Bouts of PND Nearly Destroyed Me

Holly Boardman | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Holly Boardman

I'm stronger than I ever believed and I have come out the other side more patient, empathetic and open minded than I was before. I also have two wonderful boys who came through it with me and for that I am eternally thankful.

Pulling the Trigger on PND

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

I am incredibly proud and relieved to tell you that not only did I complete my personal mission of putting these demons to bed I actually managed to light the touch paper underneath every single one of them and watch as they want up in smoke and disappeared forever. You see, what I have come to realise in all its beautiful glory is that my illness and this geographical place are two separate entities that exist independently of each other. It is just a place. I am no longer ill.

Why It Is Important for My Son to See Me as a 'Fit Mum'

Alison Whitehouse | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Whitehouse

A few days ago I overheard a dad tell his little boy "stop crying, you sound like a girl"; it got me thinking about how women are portrayed and, more specifically, what lessons am I teaching my son in my role as a "fit mum"? Here are the things I am striving to ALWAYS tell my son and any other child who knows me and my family: