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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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Therapeutic Support Group for Mothers

June 30, 2016

On Wednesday, June 29th the therapeutic support group for mothers has had the last meeting. A 12 weeks journey together to a Stronger Self, to a more Happy Experience of Motherhood, to a Better Connection with your Baby. It was a great time with great outcomes. Here is the feedback from participants:

 

What is Motherhood?

 

-Learning experience – building from every opportunity, improving my decision making, learning what’s best for me, learning to enjoy every moment;

- Journey – learning curve, hard, fun, exciting, challenging;

- Motherhood is an odyssey because it is a journey with many ups& downs. It’s a long journey through unchartered territory and is different to everyone. You need to call on your inner resources and the support of others to complete the journey. The highs are high and in the lows are low, but the outcome is worth everything.

 

 

What do I take from this place?

 

- 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

- The ability to prioritize myself and my needs

- The knowledge that as long as I try my best and then try my best again then that’s enough

- The resolve to enjoy my children and my life as it is now rather than wasting it away and focusing on the future

- A new interest in painting, journaling and in my family three

- Myself!

 

What do I leave in this place?

 

- Negative thoughts and self-assumptions

- Unproductive thoughts and how to deal with hard situations

- My “flight mode” way of dealing with things

- Catastrophizing things

- Guilt about not being enough for my kids& husband

- Fears about being “less” than I want to be

- A need to be “achieving” something

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