As part of my MamaBabyBliss Charitable Foundation work I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing ladies through groups held for ladies who have been suffering with postnatal depression (PND). It is an amazing resource and an open friendly group, where women are free to talk and open up about thoughts, feelings and daily struggles surrounding motherhood. The anxiety surrounding simple everyday tasks can be profound and sometimes, not everyone, in the real world ‘gets’ how this can make a new mum feel. Here at the support group everyone understands, there is lots of laughing, chatting, hugging and support, it’s amazing how strong these women really are. This week I was really reminded of this, chatting with a lady who opened up about life, motherhood and her personal sadness and loss. This group has been invaluable and a place for her to feel safe and accepted.
I primarily visit to teach mums baby massage and all the wonderful benefits the power of touch can provide. This is so significant during more delicate times. With that release of oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone that is released during massage, the bonds strengthen. It is an empowering activity which should be available for all.
Through the MamaBabyBliss Charitable Foundation, our mission is to achieve this and reach out to the wider community. PND is not picky, anyone can be affected and if we can make a difference, however small, then to me that’s worth it.