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September 11, 2018

Maternal OCD can be hugely traumatizing and yet it's not talked about enough.

When we don't talk about a condition it makes the sufferer feel even more alone.

Maternal OCD is a fabulous site and organization run by a friend of WESTDORSETPANDAS, Maria Bavetta and her coll...

February 26, 2018

We all have fears. For some of us it may be spiders, heights, flying or enclosed spaces. For most of us, we are able to manage life with these fears without too much trouble. For others however, the fear of doing something can prevent them from living a normal life or...

December 29, 2017

I have three children and I adored being pregnant.

They are the most incredible young women that I could have wished for and I feel that I do a pretty good job raising them. We have so much fun together and our house is full of love and joy.

But it took a very long time...

November 28, 2017

It may seem like a strange idea for some to think of men suffering from postnatal or antenatal depression.

Some of us associate postnatal depression with the physical nature of having a baby and perhaps, placing too much emphasis on the change in hormones or change in b...

November 24, 2017

Over three years ago a group of professionals came together to create a new service dedicated to helping women suffering from moderate to severe mental health conditions before and after having a baby. 

The group included representatives from midwifery, mental health, p...

November 14, 2017

Could you or someone you know be suffering from adjustment disorder?

Approximately 154 830 women a year in the UK will experience some level of adjustment disorder around the time of having their baby.

Women who suffer from this, experience distress due to the change tha...

October 8, 2017

Maternal OCD is one of the lesser talked about mental illnesses that pregnant women and new mums can suffer with.

This can make it even harder for a woman to speak out or to ask for help.

A women who has maternal OCD can be plagued by intrusive thoughts which take over h...

October 1, 2017

For a small number of women who are suffering from poor mental health around having a new baby, the best place for them to get help and to recover is a mother and baby unit.

Three years ago, 8 weeks after having my third child, I was admitted to a mother and baby unit a...

September 9, 2017

When you have depression or anxiety around childbirth having others who understand to talk to is essential.

Here is a story of a woman who found help at Bluebell in Bristol, an incredible service dedicated to giving women support when they are suffering from postnatal a...

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