Becoming Us – Preparing parents for beyond birth

We are delighted to publish this guest blog by one of our Board of Advisors, Elly Taylor. In this article, Elly outlines the importance of supporting parents during the transition to parenthood and her work in this field through Becoming Us.     Becoming Us – Preparing parents for beyond birth   It’s a common complaint from parents that “preparation for parenthood” classes cover birth and maybe basic baby care, but stop well short of what really happens after you get the baby home… Even though I was studying psychology and counselling at the same time I became a new mother,...

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Pregnancy in Prison: The effect on mental wellbeing

We are honoured to publish this thought-provoking blog by Dr. Laura Abbott. Dr. Abbott is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She completed the Doctorate in Health Research entitled "The Incarcerated Pregnancy: An Ethnographic Study of Perinatal Women in English prisons."       “I'm aware that when you're pregnant and you're stressed, stress can transfer to the baby. So, I don't like getting upset, because I don't like that negative energy going to him”. - Anonymous It is understood that many women in prison come from a background of disadvantage. Indeed, it is reported...

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Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference

We are honoured to publish this wonderful blog written by Emma Jane Sasaru  who is doing an inspirational work in supporting mothers and families. Emma is from United Kingdom (UK) and working tirelessly in 'raising awareness of perinatal PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, and birth trauma by talking at conferences, campaigning, blogging and helping with the setting up of strategic pathways in local Trusts and helping develop education for healthcare professionals'.      Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference - Emma Jane Sasaru We sometimes go through things in life that completely change us....

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Bereavement and beyond…

In our Inspiring Stories category, today we are honoured to publish a brief summary of work of David J. Roberts, LMSW, from the USA, who is doing an exemplary work of providing information, support, and resources to individuals and families who have suffered the death of a child or other catastrophic losses. We thought his work could be relevant to the mothers/ families who experience bereavement during pregnancy or post-childbirth period. David is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Utica College in Utica, New York, USA. Sadly, David experienced the death of a child when his daughter Jeannine...

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Q&A with Moment Health CEO Nuala Murphy

We are delighted to announce that Nuala Murphy, CEO, Moment Health is joining us as a member of our Board of Advisors. Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and we are proud to publish this interview with Moment Health CEO Nuala Murphy.   Please meet the newest member of our Board of Advisors at International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy as she describes her inspirational journey: Q. Why are you so passionate about Maternal Mental Health?
 My career as a marketing director (I became Chartered in 2010 and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing) has always seen me working...

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When Postpartum Packs a Punch

Declaimer On the start of Maternal Mental Health week, we are delighted to publish this inspirational article written by Kristina Cowan from the United States. Kristina also supports our work as a member of Board of Advisers. About the author A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Kristina Cowan has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. She spent five of them researching and writing her debut book, When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy. It's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, and local libraries in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. Cowan...

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‘Have you seen that girl?’

We are delighted to feature the inspirational work of Mrs. Lindsay Robinson from Northern Ireland (UK). Lindsay lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland with her husband, Mr. Gavin Robinson, and son Reuben. She is the founder of 'Have you seen that girl?' With her tireless work and campaign, Lindsay has given hope to many mothers (and families) affected by perinatal mental health conditions and encouraged them to seek help early. Lindsay also supports our work as a member of the Board of Advisers of IFWIP.     Please find the brief summary of her work:   'Have you seen that girl?' is...

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Supporting parents with a diagnosis of fetal anomalies during pregnancy

Naomi Martson speaks with IFWIP team to discuss the importance of supporting parents with a diagnosis of fetal anomalies during pregnancy. Naomi is a BACP and Infant Loss Certified Counsellor/ Psychotherapist from the UK. Through her organisation, Lifecare Counselling, she provides professional independent counselling and specialist support for the parents after a miscarriage, diagnosis of fetal anomalies, stillbirth or death of a baby in the neonatal period. With over 20 years’ experience of working in this field, she offers clients an impartial, supportive and a confidential service.   Research by the IFWIP team revealed the following:   1. The role...

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Meet Laura Godfrey-Isaacs: an artist, midwife and birth activist

Today in our Inspiring Stories category, we are delighted to feature the wonderful work of Laura Godfrey-Isaacs from the United Kingdom. She is an artist, midwife and birth activist. Laura also kindly supports IFWIP initiative as a member of our Board of Advisers (BOA).     This is a brief summary of her inspirational journey: Laura spent over twenty years in the arts, training in visual arts, working as a feminist academic and educator in gallery & museum education, and as a creative producer founding the radical live art and performance company, Home Live Art In 2016 she graduated as a...

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Ayurveda and Perinatal health

We are delighted to publish a guest blog by Dr Seema Datta from Keyajee Ayurvedic Clinic, London. Dr Datta is an Ayurvedic doctor, International speaker, and an award-winning Entrepreneur. She is an Ayurveda Graduate and obtained her degree in Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1995. She has been supporting women in their transition to motherhood since 1993.     Dr Datta briefly summarised what Ayurveda is as follows: "'Ayurveda' (Ayu=life and Veda=science), as the name suggests, is the science of life or I say, it is the Manual for the living being. If we know Ayurveda, then we can...

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