Waking in the recovery room, after my baby was born via emergency C section, was the loneliest experience of my life. Within seconds, a friendly-faced nurse said "Welcome back. The surgery went well, you're daughter is doing great! She's just in intensive care getting checked over, you'll see her soon!" I "should have" felt a… Continue reading Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…
If this sounds familiar, it's because it's something I wrote for this here site about six months ago and The Journal asked me to delve a little deeper into the subject... STEPPING INTO MY GP’s office six weeks after my first child, I would have done anything to be asked: “Are you OK?” Unfortunately, it… Continue reading Red Flags for PND: Something Mammy Wrote for TheJournal.ie
Well, it is. In fact, it's #MaternalMentalHealthWeek all week (Monday, April 30th – Friday, May 4th), but understandably it's flying under most Irish Mammy's radars what with the Cervical Check scandal, and the plethora of Anti-Choice propaganda being thrust into eyeballs at every turn. So what is Maternal Mental Health Day all about? It's an… Continue reading Did You Know That Today is #MaternalMentalHealthDay? #NoShame #RealMotherhood
You're exhausted all the time, people take you for granted, you feel invisible, can't find joy in anything... that's just motherhood, yeah? Not necessarily. We're always being told to "mind" ourselves, but how can we when we're just so fecking frazzled all the time?! After my first child, I should have been on anti-depressants, yet… Continue reading Listen: Some Sage Advice From Niamh Fitzpatrick About PND
Not just this mammy. Presumably, there'll be lots of mammies attending Gilly O'Shea's play Sally Denver Matthews, Sleep Deprived Mother given it'll resonate with the legion of sleep-deprived parents out there not taking care of themselves during this, the darkest two weeks for many. Fear not, for First Fortnight has returned again this year to challenge… Continue reading Mammy to Partake in ‘First Fortnight’ Panel
First thing's first - whether it's PND or the Baby Blues, it is all normal. Repeat – it is all normal. What isn't "normal" are new/exacerbated behavioural issues that arise post delivery that last more than two weeks. When the public health nurse called around three days after we got home from the hospital with… Continue reading Baby Blues or PND… What’s ‘Normal’ & What’s Not
But first, some housekeeping. You may (or may not) be thinking; why bother going to the bother of bothering to build a website, launch a website, and then not populate that website with any new content for three whole days? Well, dear reader (hopefully there's one of you still reading), I'm knee deep in excel… Continue reading What’s the Story with Generic Antidepressants? Aren’t they All The Same?!