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my story - chapter four
my story - chapter four

By Rebecca Watson on Aug 02, 2020

Mark would hold my hand while everyone was preparing. They put a blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter on me. The psychiatrist would put a conducting gel on the crown of my head and on the right side just above my ear, then the electrodes (I think that's what they are called...?) were put on over the gel.

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stacey kale - chapter three
stacey kale - chapter three

By Rebecca Watson on Aug 02, 2020

Instagram has a huge community of prem and medically fragile parents. Following them gave me hope. It connected me to a community of mums who knew what it felt like to sit in a hospital chair and touch your babies through incubator doors. Simon often says that sharing our journey has been a positive out of a really hard situation.

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my story - chapter three
my story - chapter three

By Rebecca Watson on Aug 02, 2020

I was in and out of the unit a few times, I can't remember how many, because I always thought I would be able to cope at home (which I didn't), and it was during one of these periods of outpatient treatment that it was decided that I would undergo electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).

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stacey kale - chapter two
stacey kale - chapter two

By Rebecca Watson on Aug 02, 2020

When the girls were first born and I was still on the maternity ward I requested to speak with the maternal mental health team. I have had family who went through Postnatal Depression so was very aware of it and worried that with all of the extra challenges we were faced with that I was at a higher risk.

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stacey kale - chapter one
stacey kale - chapter one

By Rebecca Watson on Aug 02, 2020

Becoming a parent is without a doubt a life changing experience, even when you have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. The life changing impact of having child goes off the scale when you unwittingly get dropped into the role of a medical parent. Stacey Kale is one of those medical parents.

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ellen chisholm
ellen chisholm

By Rebecca Watson on Jun 19, 2020

What happens when birth, and the months that follow, don’t look like you thought they would? For Ellen Chisholm this was all too real. After a traumatic birth experience, and an unacceptable level of care, Ellen was suffering physically and mentally, and for almost three months she battled postnatal anxiety and depression.

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mind over matter mums
mind over matter mums

By Rebecca Watson on Jun 10, 2020

MOMM brings live events to mums and mums-to-be around New Zealand, and these events have become a platform for mothers to connect with other like minded people, while also getting some much needed ‘me’ time.

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my story - chapter two
my story - chapter two

By Rebecca Watson on May 18, 2020

It was like a very heavy grey blanket was laid over me. My world was dull, slow, lifeless, and void of every feeling except sadness and despair. It was like everything was muted in some way. Yet at the same time it was too much, too loud, too vibrant, and way too overwhelming.

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my story - chapter one
my story - chapter one

By Rebecca Watson on May 16, 2020

As my pregnancy progressed I was becoming more and more detached from life in general. I cried all the time, I was tired all the time, I struggled to work and function like a normal person, and I remember just feeling numb. What is really strange is that, despite how bad I was feeling, I was still really excited about becoming a mum.

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