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How has COVID-19 affected new mums’ mental health?

As if giving birth isn’t challenging enough, women who welcomed babies during the COVID-19 pandemic did so under difficult circumstances. So it comes as no surprise that new mothers in the UK experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown.

Self-care for Dads

When my daughter was eight months old she had a severe allergic reaction; it was a scary experience. She was fine after we rushed her to A&E, but I wasn’t prepared for was what was going to happen to me in the days and weeks after.

Baby steps for your mental health

Hannah is a mum to Alex, and she also has bipolar affective disorder and a phobia of vomiting. She's written this piece for any mum who might be feeling that daily activities are too much to cope with and might not know where to start.

How do you move on from birth trauma?

All of a sudden we’re reading about birth trauma, hearing about it in the news and seeing stories about parents being affected by their births for months or even years afterwards. But what is birth trauma? And if you’ve had a bad birth, how can you move on from it?

How song writing helped to save me from PND

I’m a mother of two, a multi-award-winning musician and a survivor of postnatal depression (PND). I struggled with my own mental health after the birth of both my children, but felt so afraid and ashamed that I didn’t want to ask for help.

How I cope with Maternal OCD

Trigger warning: this piece gives details of Manou’s experience of maternal OCD. Please take care when reading it. If you need support, please refer to our Urgent Warning.

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Please note: some of this content was written in 2019. Please follow current coronavirus government guidance at all times.

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