#MHAW16 – Perinatal Relationships and Mental Health
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#MHAW16 – Perinatal Relationships and Mental Health

As this Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May 2016) winds down, I felt compelled by this year’s emphasis on ‘relationships’ to write about the importance of strengthening partner relationships in the transition to parenthood.  Although I have worked with couples in a variety of formats over many years – birth and parent preparation, The Birth…

Postnatal Bodies
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Postnatal Bodies

Maternal representations, body images, and mothers’ real life experience. Birthlight Womb to World 2015 At the 2015 Birthlight Womb to World conference I spoke about postnatal bodies and the disparity between what the media says and women’s real life experience. When this conference theme was first announced publicly, I felt compelled to make a contribution…

Seeds of Intimacy
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Seeds of Intimacy

Reflections on breastfeeding. These days more and more women are choosing to breastfeed, sometimes under pressure to do the right thing, but often for the pleasure and benefits that it provides. The vast majority of women born during the baby boom generation were not breastfed. This generation of women, including me, didn’t have the personal…