Archive of ‘Postnatal mental health’ category

A Challenging Year

The first challenge was getting pregnant in the first place. Two years, many fertility investigations and a round of Clomid later, those longed-for two little lines finally appeared on the stick. The next challenge was making sure the baby stayed. Scans at seven, 12 and 20 weeks revealed a healthy foetus with a strongly-beating heart. We felt so […] Read more…

Breaking the Taboo of Traumatic Birth

I am all for women feeling in charge, in control, empowered and able to make their own choices about where and how to give birth to their baby. But what happens when the mother has no choice? Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued draft guidance stating that “women experiencing a straightforward […] Read more…

HELLP syndrome: an acute condition with enduring impact

In mid-February 2014, I went to my routine 24 week community midwife appointment. I expected to out for about an hour, and carry on about the business of being pregnant. Little did I know, I wouldn’t return home for six weeks, and that appointment would change my life forever.  The midwife did the usual tests: my blood pressure is usually […] Read more…

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