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Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums. The focus is on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health and helping them to access the information and help they need to enable recovery.
We have compiled some resources that may help you on your journey through motherhood.
Support for Mums and Families – Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Free NHS-accredited Baby Buddy app offering evidence-based information and self-care tools to help parents during pregnancy and early stages of parenting.
Tommy’s has a team of in-house midwives who offer free support and information for women and their families at any stage of pregnancy and after the birth.
Postpartum Psychosis: An honest conversation with Laura Dockrill – Honestly Podcast with Clemmie Telford
Am I normal? Post-natal Depression – BBC Sounds
The Scummy Mummies Podcast by Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn
Antenatal and postnatal care during coronavirus (COVID-19) – NSPCC Learning Podcast
Perinatal Mental Health – NSPCC Learning Podcast
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman
A major addition to both maternity and psychology literature, here is a guide to self-help and professional treatment of postpartum depression–one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. The authors debunk the myths surrounding PPD and provide compassionate support and solid advice for women with PPD.
Research indicates that at least one in ten new mothers experience post-natal depression, yet there is little help available to sufferers. Cara Aiken’s book will help them, and the professionals who work with them, to understand this illness. The book tells the stories of ten women from very different backgrounds – including the author – who have suffered post-natal depression. Their stories, told honestly and informally, will be a source of strength and hope for other sufferers. The book will also raise awareness of the illness and the destructive effect it can have on individuals and families. It offers positive suggestions and practical advice, based on personal and professional experience. It is a fresh, honest and positive book which will help professionals to understand post-natal depression and will be an invaluable resource for the many mothers who experience it.
Parenting the Sh*t out of life by Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson
From Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka, the minds behind highly popular parenting blog MotherPukka.co.uk, comes Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life, the Sunday Times best selling account of parenting told from both perspectives and a handy guide (kind of) on how to raise a small human. It’s the must-read for all parents and parents-to-be – and possibly the best (or worst) baby shower gift you could ever give a prospective mum or dad … This is one couple’s take on the horrors and humour of modern parenting told from his side and hers: honest, sad and laugh-out-loud funny. It will speak to anyone with a child or children of their own – or to those hoping to take that monumental step. It may not be easy and you might have no idea what you are doing but, as the Pukkas demonstrate, with a bit of teeth-gnashing, tongue-chewing and joke-cracking, you too will be parenting the sh*t out of life.
Mind Over Mother is a warm and accessible guide to understanding and addressing anxiety in motherhood, for every mother – based on grounded techniques that have been widely tried and tested, but most importantly, have changed the life of the author herself (a mum and psychotherapist).
You can find more resources here.