Tuesday, May 5, 2009

international midwives day

So today is international midwives day. I was really looking forward to telling you all about my amazing midwife Mo and how blessed we have been with all our births, including our home birth last year.

But I’m not.

See a very dear friends of mine texted me this morning to say she was in hospital suffering PND (post natal depression). PND is horrible and yuck and dark and scary and just pain not fair. I am so sad that her and her family have to go through this. I’m frustrated that I am at the other end of the country. I am pissed off that in this day and age there are still not enough services for families suffering! Not enough mental health services full stop! Especially is you are in the country.

I know lots of lovely capable ladies who have suffered. Many that suffer in silence because they are scared of what people will think and sometimes scared of themselves. I had PND with 2 of my lovelies and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I was so desperate not to have it with no. 4, I even seriously considered eating my own placenta….I know, but PND is just that hideous.

On the flip side, without PND I would not have met some of my dearest friends. I don’t think I would be sewing and crafty and I definitely don’t think I would be the mother and wife I am today.

I hope one day my dear friend can get something positive out of this yucky experience.

BTW Check out Aunty Cookies blog and fundraiser she has organised for panda. You rock Sharron and co!!


Kate said...

I totally agree - more should definitely be done to help new mothers and families. I just consider myself very lucky that I haven't had it after seeing so many friends deal with it.

rousabout studio said...

Oh I miss you....Yes it sucks that you are at the other end of the country, Sharing lowest of lows certainly makes an unbreakable bond! and just for the record - You rock too!
luv Jo