Welcome to The Mummyseuss News!
The first issue
Yes, we've changed names.
As you can no doubt see, Hand Print Massage has been reborn (sorry about the pun.) We have a new name and logos. Isn’t she cute! We’re gradually changing over all the stationery and business details, which takes a bit of time. This also means a new website which was designed by the lovely Angela from Communic8 designs (she also designed the logo and all the other gorgeous stuff.)
The new site is www.themummyseuss.com.au, our new email is email@example.com and I’ll be moving the blog over in due course as well.
The new program
On the 27th of November, the From Bump to Bub program was launched. A lovely group of people came to see and hear about the new program from The Mummyseuss. At the same time they heard from Amanda Cox (realmums.com.au) on the effects of depression in mothers. Then we unveiled the new branding, logo and the program itself. The program consists of regular massages, infomation booklets plus additional support from 12 weeks pregnant to 3 months post birth.
Congratulations to Johanna Crellin on winning the name the program competition.
So enjoy the first issue and we'll be back next month.
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Mad Cow's Musings
The Mummyseuss – Pregnancy Program
Having a baby is a joyous occasion that “should” “be shrouded in love and happiness. You “should” be happy.
Postnatal depression is potentially debilitating illness that affects one in seven mums after the birth of a baby. It’s not necessarily new mums, as in first time mums and can affect any mum after the birth of any child, whether it is her first, second or seventh. It can affect soon-to-be mums; during their pregnancy and referred to as antenatal or pre-natal depression.
It can significantly affect a mother’s mood, causing fatigue, irritability and, at worse, thoughts of self harm and suicide. It affects her judgement, her ability to make decisions- even simple one’s like “what will we have for dinner tonight”, and, obviously, her ability to care for herself and her baby.
It can affect her ability to bond with the baby, and has the potential for profound effects on her sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Confidence can be crushed and mother guilt can set in with a vengeance.
My own personal experience of postnatal depression was one that saw me doubting every decision I made, everything I did with my newborn son, from feeding to sleeping, from playing to comforting.
I felt I was the worst mother in the world.
It festered away, eating at my confidence until the simple task of cooking dinner, or taking the time out for a relaxing bath became moments for me dreaming of how I could end my life.
It is an insidious, dark beast that eats at your mind.
It is also poorly understood by the wider community; what it is, what causes it, how to help, how could a mum with a gorgeous new baby feel so sad? Research on the topic is relatively new.
For along time, the causative factors of PND were linked directly to those of general depression, an underlying physiological disposition coupled with a “change in life”. Precursors to depression are commonly life changing events, such as divorce, death in the family, moving house, changing jobs, moving away form your social and support networks. All those things that happen in life that can significantly increase your stress levels.
In 2005 some bright spark (Boyce) concluded that having a baby is, in fact, a MAJOR life changing event in and of itself, not to mention the impact it has on other major aspects in a woman’s life. Usually, she leaves her job, therefore her social and support network, her relationship with everyone, including her husband changes, her sense of self changes, because everything she has known around her has changed.
Although it is commonly – and usually ignorantly – thought to be a result of “pregnancy or birth hormones”, it is now known that that there are other, significant contributing factors. Whilst hormones do play a role, they are not the only factor, nor are they, in some women, a significant factor.
Bio-psycho-social dynamics are incredibly important;
bio = the biological makeup of the woman, including genetics, her physiology and other factors, including the much touted hormones
psycho = psychology and emotional and psychological predisposition, resilience and personality
social = those around you, your support networks, including emotional and practical support, the services and environment around you and your opportunities (or lack of) to aid you in keeping well.
Whilst society appears to be gaining a little more understanding of the bio and pycho aspects of this trilogy, the social aspects appear poorly understood and there is a lot of ground to make, including the education and altering of perceptions of most of our community.
I’m honoured to have been invited to be part of the launch of Emma’s – The Mummyseuss’ – pregnancy program.
Emma is doing something that is unfortunately, due to funding and numerous other issues, providing a solution to the third and much needed aspect of these causative factors.
She has a profound knowledge of the body, of pregnancy and of postnatal depression; and, having been locked inside a room with her, stripped down to my undies on more than one occasion, I can vouch for her knowledge and understanding of the body.
Whilst she’s offering this much needed time out to relax and attend to the physical body, she is going well beyond this and also providing the much needed support – emotional AND practical – that many women need during pregnancy and those first few months with a baby.
The Mummyseuss is providing mums – whether first timers or not – something incredibly amazing that will make a huge difference not just to women, but their children, their husbands and partners and their wider family and friends.
It will provide something that is sadly lacking in our community right now.
It is something I wish had been available when I was at that stage in my life. All three times.
In fact, it is something that I think is so amazingly fabulous that if you’re not currently pregnant, I recommend you go and get pregnant just so you have an excuse to get into this program.
Author, blogger, real mum of 3 boys, founder of www.realmums.com.au
and more than a bit interested in depression.