- 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: Amy Taylor After a complex first pregnancy I was anxious that number two would be the same. Much joy but some trepidation when the doctor called to say I was pregnant. I lost that baby. I held my fetus in my hand and weeped. On my very next cycle I was expecting again but this time the anxiety gripped me every day. Each time I went to the loo, I’d check my undies . I found myself sitting on the loo far more often than I needed to just as an excuse to check. My first midwife … [Read more...] about Climbing Out of the Darkness (and the sweatpants!)
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
Guest Blogger: Annonymous For me, it began two hours after I saw two distinctive lines on a pregnancy test and left slowly but surely in the months after my little boy entered the world. Antenatal depression is experiencing depression and anxiety during pregnancy. It doesn’t have as much publicity surrounding it as postnatal depression but a 2015 study by Growing Up New Zealand discovered that one in eight New Zealand women suffer from depression symptoms while … [Read more...] about A Different Kind of Depression
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