Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlie, Me and PND


Maternity Choices Australia Magazine recently arrived in my mailbox, along with the feature article I wrote for them. They are a small magazine in Australia that provide tons of information on birth, birth options, and after childbirth information. Each issue also provides readers with first hand account birth stories. When asked to write for them I chose to write about my struggle with Post Natal Depression rather than my birth story. I think sharing my story and writing it all down was part of the healing process for me. My main reason for sharing my story, being so vulnerable and open, was to help other women who may be struggling with PND now. I tend to call my own experience Post Natal Anxiety instead of Post Natal Depression, because for me the anxiety is what really took over.

I don't have the option of sharing the magazine with my readers, friends and family so I've taken to podcasting to share it. I have read out the full article in the link below, and it's really easy to listen to on your iPhone, or in the car. Please share this with soon-to-be mums, and new mums. I wish I had heard a story like this when I was in my dark spot.

Listen here: Charlie, Me and PND


8 comments:

  1. So good that you have shared your story. I agree that more stories need to be told, good and bad, so that women are able to hear about the entire range of experience that is motherhood. Without these stories it's too easy for women to live in shame and think that they are alone, when there is nothing shameful about their experience and they certainly aren't alone. xx
    #teamIBOT

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  2. Each story breaks down the barriers of shame surrounding PND- good on you for being brave enough to share xx

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  3. Well done for telling your story. I am currently participating in the #forgivenesschallenge with Desmond Tutu. He teaches that it is crucial to tell your story to start the process of healing. It is in the admitting to it, to the recognition of all the tiny horrible details that gives you peace. Most importantly, it opens up the conversation with others. Conversations of the bad times need to be had. As difficult as they are.

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  4. Thanks Jess for telling your story. I am well past having babies now, although when i did have my babies I was blessed to have family support and a mothers group. I did not experience PND, I was exhausted and emotional like most other new mums, but generally happy even though my first born had a number of issues including colic and thrush and my milk was abundant but like water - breastfeeding was difficult and emotional and I eventually gave in to the bottle. I have friends and family who experienced PND so I have always been keenly aware of what it is even though I didn't experience it. Sadly I was unaware you were suffering PNA. I just want to say thanks for the reminder. The next step in my life's journey is into Grandparent-hood, your story will help me be more aware and more observant about the symptoms of PND when it comes to my children having their children and how I can support them through their first year of parenthood. To all the new mums out there ... we salute you. xx

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  5. I had PND with my last one and it was quite the surprise. Good on you for daring your story. Do helpful for others. Xx

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  6. Thanks @EssentiallyJess! Have you shared any of your story on your blog? If so can you send me a link. I'd love a read.

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  7. HA! Neither of my children are ready yet. They both see parenthood as a part of their futures, but they're busy experiencing all that single life has to offer them at the moment plus they've yet to meet that person with whom they would want to take that journey with.
    I absolutely adored motherhood (still do, just differently) and now as I'm enjoying every moment of my empty nest, at times my thoughts turn toward the future of my family and what it means to be someones grandmother - I am definitely looking forward to it.
    It looks to me like your making a pretty good Mum. Keep it up and enjoy every millisecond of Charlie's childhood, it'll be your memories before you know it.
    P.S. I hope you're saying yes more often :)

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  8. @One Small LIfe I'm so sorry. I came across this comment by accident. I had no idea you left my such a lovely comment. Thank you! It really helped that I had a close friend who pushed and pushed for me to get on medication, and another friend who had PND who was honest with me about what she went through, and that I was getting a bit loopy. Where would we be with out these honest women in our lives?

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