I can not express how important I feel this campaign is, thank you @thenofiltermum
for driving such a great cause.
Raising awareness of maternal mental health and post natal depression. No shame, supporting each other, recognising the signs. I want to be there for her, do you?
After having my first baby I had some very dark days with post natal depression, some days I would hide in my bedroom with the baby, I wouldn’t answer the door, I would just lock myself away. I didn’t know how to look after this small crying human! I’d had the most horrendous birth and looking back I probably had post traumatic stress. The things that helped me through that awful time were the new mum friends I made, they dragged me out of it kicking and screaming! Alongside traumatic birth counselling, a lady named Jane came to my house weekly for months, she did this completely voluntarily. She is the only reason I could have more children, she stopped the nightmares, I’ll never be able to thank her for the time she gave me. I was the lucky one, some women don’t have that kind of support, this happens ALOT. I also suffered from prenatal anxiety with my 3rd pregnancy. I had a month long panic attack, I physically couldn’t breath, they did tests, scans, X-rays, I injected my body to stop possible/potential blood clots, but it was a panic attack because I had chronic pre natal anxiety, when we eventually got to that conclusion after all the tests, you know what support I was given? Nothing, zero support, oh it’s a mental health matter... well on your way then! This is NOT ok. Prenatal anxiety is one of the hardest things I’ve had to get through. Sharing this is like letting out a big sigh of relief, it feels good, it feels good now I feel good. It’s a hard road to walk, but you shouldn’t have to walk it alone.