Suffering From Baby Regret and How I Dealt with It

I’ve talked about mental health and postnatal depression quite a lot on this blog. It’s the reason that I started it all. And one of the things I’ve briefly touched upon is suffering from baby regret. So I guess I’m just going to talk a little bit about my experience with regretting my daughter’s birth and how I dealt with the fact I wished I hadn’t become a parent. Suffering From Baby Regret and How I Dealt with It Before I continue, I will say that I don’t suffer with baby regret anymore. At least not seriously. I’ll admit to…

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Ways to Help With Postnatal Depression: Going Away Together

When I look back at my experience with postnatal depression, I know there was a lot of things that helped me on my way to recovery. But there was one thing that I feel kick started the whole thing, and that’s going away together. Going Away Started My Recovery From Postnatal Depression The first time I ever felt that Isabelle actually liked me was when we were in a random Travelodge in Weston super-Mare. She was propped up on the bed in one of those nursing pillows wearing just a nappy. It was ridiculously hot during a typical British heatwave…

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What About the Dads? – NHS Perinatal Mental Health Plan Doesn’t Mention Dads

In an article posted on the Guardian, the NHS plan to invest heavily in perinatal mental health over the coming years. They said that “only 3% of the country had good access to perinatal mental health care as recently as 2014, but that it expected to have extended that to 100% by next April.”  And they also said that they will be “putting into effect a second wave of community perinatal services, costing £23m, as part of a wider package of measures aimed at providing care to 30,000 more women by 2021.” But whilst these plans are great, there is…

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Why Maternal Mental Health Week is So Important

If you asked me a few years ago what my thoughts were about awareness days, I probably would have told you that they were a waste of time. And if I’m honest, some of them still are. I mean I don’t think we really need a Richter Scale Day. Perhaps I’m missing something on that one, but some of these days have gotten a little silly. But right now there’s a very important one going on, and that’s World Maternal Mental Health Week. Why Maternal Mental Health Week is So Important For me, Maternal Mental Health week is vital for those…

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I Didn’t Hate My Daughter – I Hated Myself

This has been a massive week for me on a personal level. If you’ve read this blog before you might have heard me say that I hated Isabelle when she was born. There are so many places that have that headline. I’m obviously not going to list them all. But for a long time I thought it to be true. And whilst recording a video to talk about the last few days, which saw my letter to Isabelle hit the media outlets, I realised something. I might have hated myself, and not my daughter. I Didn’t Hate My Daughter, I…

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