I had some lovely, courageous women contribute to an article I'd written about Postnatal Depression (PND). At first, I wanted to find out what those on the "outside" of PND could do to help - the spouses, family members and friends who know something is not right but have no idea what they can do to make life better for the person suffering.
That article was published here: Essential Baby "On the outside of PND".
But these women gave me such honest and raw answers to some of my questions, I felt a second article was needed. That is how PND and the feelings that scare mums most came about. There is a lot of information about PND available but when women have feelings of harming their babies and are too scared, ashamed or embarrassed to admit that, then we know as a society we have failed them. We need to speak more openly about those incredibly strong feelings are recognised, so the women who are suffering these dark moments can feel safe speaking out, before they do something terrible to themselves or their babies.
If you are suffering, please use the links in the articles to get some help. Speak to your partner, a friend, another mum. Don't suffer alone. Help is available and no-one is judging you.