Olivia Siegl started her blog The Baby Bible
after being diagnosed with postnatal depression. Writing about her struggles has not only helped as a personal release, it has opened up a conversation to raise awareness of PND and help fellow sufferers to realise, firstly, that they are not alone and secondly, that there is support available to help them beat the condition.
After posting her first blog about the condition (Post-Natal Depression Is a Mother F*****! A Warning to PND From a Mum Who Will Not Be Beaten
) on HuffPost UK, Olivia was inundated with messages of appreciation from fellow sufferers and has been blogging and fundraising to raise awareness of the condition ever since.
The mother of two girls, Eva and Isla-Mai, Olivia has been through both PND and postnatal psychosis.
“During the first episode [of postnatal psychosis], I saw demons flying round the house and heard voices saying they were going to harm my baby,” she tells HuffPost Parents.
“For two years, I had this dark stranger in the house with me. I’d walk into the house and he’d be on the sofa watching me. I’d be changing Ava and could see him at the door peering in.”
We asked Olivia, who recently signed a book deal with Harper Collins, what she would say to other mums struggling with PND.
“I would have loved someone to have said to me, it’s not your fault, you haven’t brought this on yourself, you’re not the only one going through it and there is amazing help out there and you can beat it with the right support and the right help.”
She adds: “The illness can rob you of the belief that you’re a good mum and that you deserve to enjoy motherhood. But every mum deserves to enjoy motherhood.”