Victoria came up with the idea of antenatal classes that she describes as ‘far more practical and realistic, focused on parents more than babies, because that’s where the real change is happening.’ Our Baby Club started rolling out across the UK in December 2020, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength.
Mother for Life grew from Birmingham-based founder Mandy Rees’ personal experience. She had postnatal depression after the birth of her first daughter, and didn’t feel that the support networks she needed to navigate that difficult time were there.
There are so many challenges in returning to work after maternity leave: juggling work, home and nursery drop-offs; sleep deprivation; less time to ourselves; and settling back into our role at work. A lot of women also face challenges around confidence.
Natalie Hanley is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner who started Tidy Mind Doodles because, ironically, she found that she wasn’t looking after her own mental health: ‘I was telling patients one thing, but not really following through on my own advice.’
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.
An affirmation is just a statement you make about yourself, or about your situation. Many of us spend much of our lives telling ourselves, “I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I’m such an idiot” - that information is going round and round in our heads - and that’s a negative affirmation.