Monthly Archives: August 2011

Who do you tell?

Me I can’t keep a secret.  I also have a tendency to blather. Often means you will know far too much about me within the first 5minutes of meeting me.  Sorry. Mostly this works well as a strategy as I … Continue reading

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Dealing with trauma through humour- a successful strategy?

I am always cracking jokes.  They are often unfunny but I have a tendency to babble and get a bit anxious with serious silences so fill them with nonsense. I made some real humdingers of “jokes” during labour, and Munchkins … Continue reading

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CBT appointment 1- Giving myself a hug

Had first CBT appointment today. It was really good – my therapist is a really nice bloke who reminds me a bit of Captain Mainwaring from Dad’s army!  We may do typical CBT for PTSD (reliving stuff and processing it) … Continue reading

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The great big motherhood conspiracy?

Three things shocked me when I became a mum. Firstly nobody told me how horrific labour actually was. Secondly nobody warned me how incredibly hard breastfeeding was going to be. Thirdly- why did no-one tell me how utterly mind numbingly … Continue reading

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Taking a brain break

Recently a lovely twitter friend pointed out (not quoted verbatim- is my interpretation) “how a baby gets into the world is such a tiny part of their life- and that’s an awful lot of energy to expend on the decision … Continue reading

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Counting my blessings and looking on the bright side of life.

Often people go to me – ooh you’ve had such a lot to deal with in last two years and it must have been so hard etc etc.  And yes I must say it hasn’t been fun but I really … Continue reading

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On epidurals and pain in labour

Trigger warning- if you are pregnant with your first child please don’t read this. I was unlucky- what happened to me hopefully won’t happen to you.  If you want facts and figures on epidurals suggest you look here. Reading my … Continue reading

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The importance of community midwives and continuity of care- A thankyou

I am sure that if I had had any one of my wonderful community midwives with me during my labour I would have felt properly supported and more able to cope and my labour may possibly have had a different outcome or … Continue reading

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My post-natal ward story- very very long!

After I had spent some time with munchkin on NICU I was allocated a ward room and a midwife came and had a quick chat with me about hand expressing and that was it.  Thankfully I had been hand expressing colostrum … Continue reading

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CBT and PTSD- the assessment appointment.

So I had my assessment for CBT yesterday.  It was interesting.  PTSD has now been diagnosed as I fit the criteria.  I found this helpful- its a term me, midwives and my GP started using since I became pregnant again … Continue reading

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