Postpartum Psychosis -Nina’s Story

Nina McCallig gave birth to Heidi, her first baby, in May 2016. Having had no previous mental health issues she was diagnosed with Postpartum Psychosis 8 days after Heidi’s birth and was sectioned under the mental health act. Nina agreed to be interviewed for this…

More Than Words?

What’s in a word? Words fill our lives; from the written word in books, newspapers, lists we make and emails we send; to the words we speak when we seek to communicate with our families, friends, work colleagues and sometimes strangers in a shop. It…

Motherhood and My Self

Self – “A person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action” (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016) As young person  I was always very aware of and happy with my sense of ‘self’. I knew that I…

Mother’s Rights

The Human Rights Act (1998) sets out fundamental freedoms and rights we should all be entitled to. It is based on the principles of equality, fairness, dignity and respect. Since starting as a Student Midwife in 1999 this act has underpinned all government and health…

Mama Time

Mama time is a strange entity. Since I have become a mother there have been many times I have watched the clock. Minutes feeling like hours as I waited for a babe to sleep/feed/stop crying, doing everything I could to love and care for such…

Welcome

Welcome to Birthing Mamas Blog! This blog is under design and will soon be up and running with posts about pregnancy, birth and beyond!