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Mums shares her perinatal journey to raise awareness for Maternal Mental Health Week

Posted on the 27th April 2022

Today is the start Maternal Mental Health Week (May 3-8). The Trust has sat down with some mums across Lancashire who have been supported by the Perinatal Team to share their experiences with pre and post-birth mental health struggles.

Today the Trust introduces Jade, a mum from Blackpool, who first noticed signs of postpartum psychosis in March 2020, just as the covid-19 pandemic hit the UK. Here, Jade tells us how the Ribblemere Mother and Baby Unit helped her cope and recover from her diagnosis.

This is Jade's story

I was showing signs of postpartum psychosis soon after the birth of my son back in March 2020. It was such a shock and came out of the blue. Eight days later I was admitted to the Ribblemere Mother and Baby Unit and stayed there for over 2 months. Even though at the time I wanted to be at home with my family, looking back now I know I was in the best place and it has got me to where I am today.

Without the MBU I don’t think my recovery would have been as quick. It has been a difficult journey but you do recover and get your life back.

I was also diagnosed with post-natal depression, lost the bond with my baby and it put a massive strain on my marriage. But 2 years later, I’m completely off the medication, my bond with my son is amazing and so strong and my marriage is now back on track. Without the support from the Mother and Baby Unit mental health team, the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis and my family, I don’t know where I would be today.