While pregnant I was seeing the mental health midwife at my local hospital in Carlisle. She was great and helped to make a plan for as soon as I gave birth. 

As soon as Lucas was born I started back on my mental health medication, that had been stopped correctly during pregnancy.

I was so glad I did this or I would have been a lot worse. I was 8 weeks down the line on the meds already. I hate to think about how I would have been if I hadn’t done this. 

I had the support of Steven and Mam at home. 

My mental health midwife referred me to the North Cumbria Perinatal Team for further help, where I saw a psychiatric nurse, an occupational therapist and a psychiatrist.

I also had a health visitor but didn’t see much of her due to COVID-19. 

I was admitted to the Mother & Baby Unit in Chorley

Between my Perinatal Nurse and Health Visitor, they both told me about Happy Mums. I looked into it but didn’t feel like I was ready to reach out right away.

Things got worse for me and I was admitted to Ribblemere Mother & Baby Unit in Chorley. All in all, I was there for 3 weeks. This includes Lucas and I being inpatients and our home leave.

At the end of my weeks leave. I had a video call meeting with all professionals in our care and was discharged. I had the support of the perinatal team, health visitor and outreach team from Chorley.

 When Lucas turned one I got discharged from the perinatal team. My own doctor was who I needed to speak to now if I had any issues.

Lucas and I started to go to Baby Sensory when it started back up. We both enjoyed this. We also went to Tumble Tots, again we both enjoyed it.

I then decided I would get in touch with Happy Mums. Sarah phoned me and told me all about The Happy Mums Foundation and her experiences of maternal mental health.

Knowing that others know how you’re feeling, sharing experiences and knowing you’re not alone.

I arranged to join the Zoom meetings, which I enjoyed and when the face-to-face groups started again we started attending them.

With hindsight, I should have got in touch with Happy Mums sooner than I did. Better late than never though.

Lucas and I both enjoy Happy Mums, we both get a lot out of going. Knowing that others know how you’re feeling, sharing experiences and knowing you’re not alone.

In June 2021, Steven, Lucas and I moved over the border. We got a great new health visitor who we still see now.

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Staying Safe

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

– Samaritans – Phone: 116 123 Email: jo@samaritans.org
– Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
– Phone 111 out of hours and they will help you find the support and help you need
– Contact your local Access Liaison Integration Service (ALIS) team – Phone: 03001239015 or freephone: 08006522865

If you need immediate help, and in the case of serious injury, call 999 or go straight to A&E