Becoming a Mother

Pregnancy and motherhood is a challenging time for many women. Reduced opportunities for sleep and trying to balance the ongoing requirements of home, children, work and relationships can often leave new mothers feeling overwhelmed. Additionally one third of women report experiencing a traumatic birth or distressing event during pregnancy that further adds to their sense of difficulty. As well mums may have to manage their child’s feeding or sleep difficulties, or may find it difficult to bond with their baby. All this can place enormous strain on a woman’s wellbeing and may lead to feelings of guilt, anxiety and depression (13-20% of women experience postnatal depression – for further information see www.panda.org) The chance to talk about these challenges with an experienced psychologist who has faced the ups and downs of mothering herself can be helpful.

 

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Parents