Please be aware that some stories may trigger difficult memories and emotions so remember your own self care as everyone will be at different stages of healing. If you wish to contribute a story, or an experience or something else
This is Joanna’s deeply moving story of her traumatic birth and really shows how important it is that women are listened to and treated with dignity and respect. Please be aware that some stories may trigger difficult memories and emotions
I sat in the psychiatrist’s room, the light shining on my back, warming my tired bones. I had lost hope, hope that anyone could hear me, or know what was clawing at my soul. I finished my story, my years
My daughter was stood right next to me, her cheeks rosey from the cold wind blowing across the pond. Her tiny hands clutch tightly small pieces of bread, ready to throw to the very eagerly awaiting ducks, she’s happy, her
I sat in the chair feeling numb, was I really in denial? I didn’t think I was, but then I wasn’t the expert. The Community psychiatric nurse (CPN) in front of me wore an expression mixed with pity and frustration.
I feel worried. Worried, because there seems to be somewhat of a perinatal bandwagon lately. Where ever you look, there are articles, stories being shared and people discussing perinatal mental health, its loud, in your face, singing and dancing. This
I read the article, tears stinging my eyes. I blink them away and try to let my logical mind silence the thunderous beating in my chest. I look at my daughters, the are smiling sharing joke, laughing and I wonder.
For any family, emotional wellbeing matters. When it comes to mental health the perinatal period can be a challenging time. Adjusting to life with a new baby is hard, but for some families the transition to parenthood is complicated by
The room was dark and my pillow was wet with silent tears. I could hear my husband breathing deeply as sleep beside me, but sleep had escaped me. I wished the hours away waiting for the light of day to
We all know that when it comes to our emotional wellbeing there are many factors that contribute to our feeling healthy. No more so is this true than when it comes to healthy relationships, as they can have a massive
I lifted my eyes and looked at everyone around the room, some were colleagues, others strangers, some had tears falling from their eyes, others looked shocked and in disbelief, everyone was silent. Someone rushed and embraced me and then a
The experience of birth will stay with a woman her whole life time Ask any women her birth story and she will recount it with easy, there is no experience that can compare to bringing a tiny baby into the
There’s a well-known saying that ‘words can cut like a knife’. What we say can have a lasting effect on the person at the end of the words we use, our words can be uplighting or encouraging but they can
When people think about post traumatic stress (PTSD) they often think of a soldier, returning from battle traumatised and battered by the ravages of war and the terrible things seen and experienced. However PTSD doesn’t only affect those affected in
They say that blood is thicker than water when it comes to relationships, but sometimes the support that we need doesn’t always come from the places and the people we expect, namely those that we love, but instead from those
This is the second of three blogs. The first blog looked at the growing concerns around how we can support women to have a less medicalised birth. In order to find out what really matters to women in birth and