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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

2009   Looking at the picture of me as a brand new mum, with my eldest as a one-day old newborn, emotion floods right back in, like an unexpectedly large wave.My eyes well up because I see that (obviously) inexperienced one day old mum with a teeny tiny brand new baby, and I remember her numbness alongside the love.I’m still not fully reconciled with the state of my mental health post birth. I never really worked out where I fell. I felt empty and robotic much of the time, but similarly I could find happiness and joy in things.I cried...

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#tbt One from the Archive: i’m leaning in – to work, and motherhood

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#tbt One from the Archive: i’m leaning in – to work, and motherhood

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Monday 17th June 2013. My youngest was approaching 15 months and 3YO was soon becoming a 4YO and heading to primary school. And so I was starting to think more about work again.) It’s funny how in life sometimes things come together at the same time isn’t it? For me this has come in the form of reading Sheryl Sandberg’s excellent book, Lean In, and attending the first ever Mumsnet Workfest this weekend. Although I’d heard her name, I first took more notice of Sheryl Sandberg when I heard her on Woman’s Hour...

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#tbt One from the Archive: To sleep: perchance to dream? To sleep: perchance to sleep, please....!

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#tbt One from the Archive: To sleep: perchance to dream? To sleep: perchance to sleep, please....!

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 12th February 2013. With a three year old and a 10 month old in tow, sleep was always on my mind....) To be honest, all I really want to do when I go to sleep is sleep. For the whole night. And wake up naturally. If I could do this for a whole seven nights in a row, I would be in heaven. I would be a new woman. This morning however when the alarm went off at 6:45am I was a tiny bit less tired than I often am. I think...

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