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Meerkats and Perinatal Mental Health: What is the one thing I do when meeting some-one who is depressed or anxious?
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Torturing new mothers? Who does that? Well, as a society, we all do. I’m not kidding, I’m perfectly serious, and I’m going to stop mincing… Read More »Torturing new mothers and then wondering why they get mentally ill.
I just left a woman in her house with her baby. I was her doula, and I was visiting her after the birth, to congratulate… Read More »Leave mum holding the baby at your peril: Postnatal depression and what we expect of women