After a long wait, you’re about to welcome your new son or daughter into your family. This will likely be an exciting time for you and other family members, one that you’ve dreamed of for some time. In this piece I give you some tips on this process, and how to look after your own mental wellbeing too.
Out of the window flew my visions and preparations for a water birth. But I had a deep respect for the reality of the situation, and I agreed that a planned C-section would be the best bet. So, with my heart beating out of my chest, and with the help of an incredible team of medics, I gave birth to my first child.
A mum struggling with depression or anxiety could be easily forgiven for not paying attention to the state of her gut. And yet the gut-brain connection can be a powerful focus for anyone in the grip of mental health challenges.
Trigger warning: this piece contains mentions of suicide. Please remember that this is Helen’s story, and everyone’s experience is different. Take care of yourself when reading this and if you are struggling, please refer to our Urgent Warning.
If you love your job, the idea of stepping away and handing over to someone else can be anxiety-inducing. But if that’s not you, and you long to leave your job behind, why should you stay in touch whilst you’re on maternity leave?
PHASE Worldwide was set up around a kitchen table in 2005 by a group of friends with a love for Nepal. Together, they wanted to start a charity which focused on supporting projects in health, education, and livelihoods. Since then, this Bristol based charity has raised millions of pounds, and each year changes the lives of over 50,000 people in Nepal.