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What is happening in mother care?

Maternal mental illness and the lack of support for new mothers is the UK’s secret shame


For Xanathia Woods, then aged just 20, pregnancy, birth and having her son Jackson was not the time of overwhelming love and happiness she had been expecting.

“One evening I asked my mum to babysit my eight-week-old son, went straight to my bedroom and took as many pills as I could, washed down with vodka.

“It felt blissful to be free of worry and in control for once. For a long time absolutely nothing had felt positive. I had hit rock bottom. But suddenly I felt calm.

“Fortunately it didn’t work.” Xanathia’s attempted suicide was the consequence of many months of undiagnosed and untreated perinatal mental illness.

“I developed anxiety when I was pregnant but didn’t tell anyone and no one really even asked,” she recalls. “But

I felt like I was slowly drifting away from who I was and I started feeling afraid that people wanted to hurt my unborn child.

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The February/March 2018 #MHNjournal highlights include: - Mother care? Counting the cost of perinatal mental ill health - MHN Editorial Board member, Nicky Lambert is Looking back, looking forward - Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy for medically unexplained symptoms: a case study by Tom Hulme - The Mental Health & Smoking Partnership: tackling health inequality by Hazel Cheeseman - MHN Student Focus: Bethan Cumber on helping to inspire the nurses of the future - Inside the mind of... Jay Watts - Our regular updates from LPO Dave Munday and news from the mental health nursing world, including news of our 2018 support of Nursing in Practice events.