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PND Marlborough Charitable Trust, established in 2005, is a life line in the community for many women and families who are struggling with postnatal depression, motherhood and parenting issues. Having a baby is both an exciting and challenging time. Adding anxiety or depression can make it difficult to function and feel like you are a good enough parent. Both women and men can experience perinatal (during pregnancy and the year after birth) mental health issuesand these can vary in intensity and symptoms. As a mum

or dad it is easy to feel guilt and shame that can get in the way of seeking the help you need. If this is how you feel, know that you are not alone. Having perinatal anxiety or depression does not make you a ‘bad parent’. In fact, seeking help early leads to a faster recovery with less impact on you, your relationship with your baby, partner and family.

“ It was a great progress in my perception what motherhood is. After attending therapeutic support group for mothers and completing the program, I understood that actually I left there some very significant things: negative thoughts and self-assumptions; unproductive thoughts and how to deal with hard situations; my “flight mode” way of dealing with things; catastrophic visualisation; guilt about not being enough for my kids& husband; fears about being “less” than I want to be;  the need to be “achieving” something. And I took some important things with me: bond with my son; skills and knowledge to deal with low moods; ability to catch “bad” thoughts and feelings before they grow; calmness; peace of mind; a little bit of myself again and the ability to prioritize myself and my needs.” Victoria

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Mother's Day 2018

In 2017 four women, participants of a support group for mothers, worked hard and made it possible – Mother’s Day Annual Celebration in Marlborough. It was warm, comfortable and fun. Amazing how much can women’s love and dedication do. All of them have had small babies; all of them struggled with daily tasks and life’s enormous demands. But all together they MADE it!

 

One year later, on May, 12th 2018, Postnatal Depression Marlborough Charitable Trust supported this beautiful tradition and invited mothers to attend The Annual Mother’s Day Festive Brunch. Blenheim Baptist Community Hall was offered to us to make it possible.

 

This event is always free of any charge. Our volunteers serve. Our friends and supporters make it interesting, comfortable, tasty and fun. Our local businesses offer lots of support and we are enormously grateful for it.

Here you can see a photo report from this beautiful event. Enjoy and plan to come next year!