- Written by Kristina Paterson ** TRIGGER WARNING: MENTIONS RAPE ** If I am really honest, when the mood suits me, my favourite genre when movie-watching is most definitely drama. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I love stories that move me, inspire me, provoke thought. I love to analyse the interesting characters that good story-tellers have taken the time to develop. What I don't love is unnecessary drama in my personal life - life is stressful enough without looking to add to it. … [Read more...] about Rape Culture on Facebook and How It Affects All of Us
Guest Blogger: Rebecca Allen Just this last weekend my husband compassionately said to me “I wish you got to enjoy Harvey the way I did when he was little”. My reply was a heartfelt “so do I”. For me, being new to motherhood was a time full of anxiety, fear, paranoia, isolation and depression. Pre-children, I was a woman of the world! I had travelled extensively, really lived my life, and had moved back to New Zealand when I met my now husband. Within two years I had my own … [Read more...] about When I Look Back
Christmas can be a tough time for people for all kinds of reasons. If that’s your situation, then you wouldn’t be the first person to discover that there is “no room at the inn” – a certain Saviour had a rocky start to life on Christmas morning with a cattle trough as a bed and his mother had to place her very pregnant self upon a donkey and travel for miles with no midwife attending to her! Whether it’s just that financially you can’t afford to indulge this year or whether it’s that you are … [Read more...] about Alone or Struggling this Christmas?
Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep, I was thinking about National Volunteer week and the volunteers past and present that have and do contribute to the work of Mothers Helpers. It warms my heart to think of every single person that has contributed in some way. There is something about a Mothers Helpers volunteer. Every single person that has volunteered for Mothers Helpers in any capacity has had one thing in common: they are really good, kind and giving people. I love spending time … [Read more...] about Mothers Helpers Celebrates our Volunteers
********TRIGGER WARNING ********* I have a heavy heart today. A woman I got to know amongst our Mothers Helpers forum had an accident recently - it is suspected suicide. She is currently on life support and is not expected to make it. A little over a year ago, I had many conversations with her, pleading for her to get some help. She was very resistant to the idea of medication and refused to believe that she needed medication to get better. Many women feel like this who struggle with … [Read more...] about I Wish Things Had Been Different
by Mothers Helpers Founder Kristina Paterson It took me 18 months to go and get some help for the way that I was feeling. 9 of those months I was anxious throughout my pregnancy but the midwife didn't pick up on it. In the first week after my baby was born, I had a new midwife, and she said to me that if I was still crying by day 7 (hours of crying every day), then I'd have to go and see the doctor as I may have postnatal depression. So I forced myself to stop crying. I … [Read more...] about From One Mum to Another