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…

Driving in the Rush Hour

It had been a particularly busy day in work. As a Midwife I am used to managing a busy workload. It is my vocation to provide professional, evidence-based, individualised, women-centred care. The women in my care will always receive this and I will give them…

When An Accident Happens….

A week ago my day started in a fairly ordinary fashion. I woke up, albeit a little earlier than usual, my littlest boy snuggled in bed next to me (clearly he had snuck in overnight!). I got ready for work trailed by the littlest one,…

Growing Pains

In the early days and weeks of motherhood the feeling of overwhelming responsibility, coupled with sleep deprivation and not really knowing exactly what has happened to life as you know it makes being a Mum feel, at best, challenging and, at worst, insurmountable (probably directly correlated to levels of…

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…

Judge Dread

Before becoming a Mother I was never bothered what people thought of me. I was happy, confident, friendly and outgoing. I was not fool enough to think that everyone I met would like me, but I knew I was a good person with my heart…

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…