#coolmumclub has become a collective of Mums who are pretty amazing for many different reasons. I’d like to introduce you to Laura, an inspirational blogger Mum flying the flag for the many many new mothers who are hit by hard by Post Natal Depression. Motherhood isn’t always a bed of roses for sure, but sometimes it goes way beyond that. Laura’s blog is a light at the end of the tunnel…a reminder to have hope that it will get better…and an understanding hand to hold for those of you who are going through the turmoil of PND.
I think this is the perfect post to start the series for 2016. After all, New Year is a time of hope, reflection and new beginnings. It’s a tough time on those whose lives aren’t so peachy.
#coolmumclub: Meet the Members will be back every Friday in 2016…see you there, and if you want to get involved, please do drop me an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why I started blogging
I’ve always loved to write, from a really young age (and I have the cringe-worthy poems to prove it!). But when I began working full-time it was a hobby I gave up, focusing on reading ad my job instead.
When my son was born in 2013 my whole life was shaken up; after experiencing crippling insomnia, no appetite and constant panic attacks I was diagnosed with Postnatal Depression & Anxiety. I was completely crushed.
Recovery has been a long, difficult journey (you can read all the gory/hopeful details on my blog!) and what really helped me at the beginning was reading blogs and threads from people who were now recovered. The most common fear for anyone suffering from PND is “I will never get better.” Reading stories of people who did was the only thing that kept me going.
I made a promise to myself that when I felt well I would begin sharing my own story online to reassure others that there is a future and you can find a way back to yourself. Seven months ago, The Butterfly Mother was born.
What I blog about
My experience of PND and Anxiety
Tips and tools for managing symptoms and recovering
Hope & helpful info
My son & motherhood in general
Why I love blogging
When I began The Butterfly Mother to help others I had no idea how much it would help me too. I love writing again and have enjoyed finding my voice on this topic. I find it helps to keep me in good mental health too, and provides me with an identity outside of “Mummy.” But the thing I love most is meeting wonderful people – both in the mental health community and lovely, talented parent bloggers like yourselves!
I have many more PND and mental health related topics I wish to cover. I have several guest posts planned which is really exciting, including some more for the Huff Post blog (you can find the first one here ) I have begun advocacy work for perinatal mental health too.
I also wish to blog more about motherhood in general and key topics – feeding, weaning, play, nurseries, working parents etc. I will be beginning a feature soon called Caterpillar Corner which centre around parenting posts that aren’t necessarily linked to PND, so watch this space.
Thank you for having me, #coolmumclub! See you at the next linky…if not before at one of these corners of Internet…