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11. Falling through the gaps of postnatal mental health services | The spectrum of maternal mental wellbeing. The Postnatal Podcast

    • Parenting

I wanted to record an episode on my own as I’ve spoken to a few women lately who experienced postpartum psychosis and spent time in mother and baby units (awesome episodes that are coming up by the way, I can’t wait to share them with you!)



It got me thinking about the spectrum of maternal mental health and wellbeing and the different experiences women have postnatally.



 I recently chatted to someone about the 2015 report by the maternal mental health alliance called ‘falling through the gaps’. This report highlights the fact that lots of women are not receiving the mental health support and treatment they deserve and need in those early stages of motherhood.



I realise that there is also a lot of great work going on out there to support women who are experiencing postnatal mental health issues, but for women who don’t receive the support they need during this vulnerable time it’s not good enough and there are still more changes required to improve services that are available.



However, I am also aware of a group of women who haven’t fallen through the gap. They wouldn’t necessarily meet the criteria for postnatal mental health support or diagnosis.



There are a multitude of women who find motherhood hard, who struggle to get through the day and feel as though they are doing it wrong. These are the women that are likely to internalise what’s going on. To feel like failures and blame themselves for not being a good enough mum.



These are the women I want to reach with the work I do and support and share the message with them that you don’t have to continue to feel this way.



There are things you can do to start to feel better and I chat in more detail about these things in the episode. These are:-

-        Self care.

-        Talking to people you trust about how you feel.

-        Peer support groups.

-        Asking for help when you need it.  

-        Self help/ meditation/ relaxation.





I also wanted to let you know that I’ve created a ‘surviving mental health’ guide eBook for mums. It’s packed full of tools and techniques that mums can use to take care of their mental health and emotional wellbeing. It’s coming out on Monday 15th June but is available for pre-order NOW for only £4.99.



Grab yourself a copy now!





Grab yourself a copy now!

I wanted to record an episode on my own as I’ve spoken to a few women lately who experienced postpartum psychosis and spent time in mother and baby units (awesome episodes that are coming up by the way, I can’t wait to share them with you!)



It got me thinking about the spectrum of maternal mental health and wellbeing and the different experiences women have postnatally.



 I recently chatted to someone about the 2015 report by the maternal mental health alliance called ‘falling through the gaps’. This report highlights the fact that lots of women are not receiving the mental health support and treatment they deserve and need in those early stages of motherhood.



I realise that there is also a lot of great work going on out there to support women who are experiencing postnatal mental health issues, but for women who don’t receive the support they need during this vulnerable time it’s not good enough and there are still more changes required to improve services that are available.



However, I am also aware of a group of women who haven’t fallen through the gap. They wouldn’t necessarily meet the criteria for postnatal mental health support or diagnosis.



There are a multitude of women who find motherhood hard, who struggle to get through the day and feel as though they are doing it wrong. These are the women that are likely to internalise what’s going on. To feel like failures and blame themselves for not being a good enough mum.



These are the women I want to reach with the work I do and support and share the message with them that you don’t have to continue to feel this way.



There are things you can do to start to feel better and I chat in more detail about these things in the episode. These are:-

-        Self care.

-        Talking to people you trust about how you feel.

-        Peer support groups.

-        Asking for help when you need it.  

-        Self help/ meditation/ relaxation.





I also wanted to let you know that I’ve created a ‘surviving mental health’ guide eBook for mums. It’s packed full of tools and techniques that mums can use to take care of their mental health and emotional wellbeing. It’s coming out on Monday 15th June but is available for pre-order NOW for only £4.99.



Grab yourself a copy now!





Grab yourself a copy now!

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