The day the Daily Mail came to my house

As I have splashed over all of my social media sites (TwitterInstagram and Facebook). Last week I was lucky enough to let the Daily Mail into my house to discuss my struggles with Post-Natal Depression.

If you haven’t checked the article out, here it is.

Now journalists and papers have a reputation of spinning the truth, so I must admit I was apprehensive about sharing such a sensitive subject for the whole world to see, however the way it was handled was brilliant.

Everyone who reads anything about anything will probably be aware that Adele recently appeared in the Vanity Fair magazine. Talking about her tour, Trump, her upbringing and parenthood; she admits to not wanting anymore children

“… all my friends and I felt pressurized into having kids, because that’s what adults do. I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the fuck I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that.”

“… I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

“…without realizing it, I was gravitating towards pregnant women and other women with children, because I found they’re a bit more patient. You’ll be talking to someone, but you’re not really listening, because you’re so fuckin’ tired.”

“…I knew I could just sit there and chat absolute mush with my friends who had children, and we wouldn’t judge each other.”

“… I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life.”

This obviously sent most papers and magazines into overdrive. My twitter feed was full of people searching for women who had suffered with PND so it seemed a no brainier to do the article. I wanted to let women know they are not alone. I wanted to let mothers feel united and that if they choose to only have one child, or ten, or a hundred then its ok.

It all started with a phone call. Louisa phoned me and briefly took details to submit a synopsis. A few days later after too’ing and fro’ing via email Antonia called me. We had a lengthy discussion about my birthing story, my dreams of what I saw my family to be. What my upbringing was and more importantly my current mental health.

Following our conversation, Antonia told me the next day a photographer and a hair and make-up person was going to arrive at my house with a dress and pair of shoes provided. Any new mum knows how amazing this sounds! I was on top of the world at the idea of getting made up and pampered!

The next day Caroline turned up first. My hair was curled slightly and the makeup was natural. Caroline brought a massive suitcase and unloaded a mass of make-up goodies full of MAC, NARS, Chanel just to name a few. I was given a smokey eye look with false lashes to boot. This is when Juliette turned up, she brought a lot of lights, a backdrop and her camera. Ben was fascinated by this all he loved the lights, the hustle and bustle and more importantly I think he had a soft spot for Caroline!

Once I was in the dress they had provided and my hair and make-up was done, it was lights, camera, action! Lots of snapping, lots of posing both smiling and serious, with Ben and without him. Then it was time for them to leave. I think the whole thing took about two hours and the actual photoshoot was only about 20 minutes max??

Overall, I had a very positive experience with everyone I came into contact with. I really feel like doing this article has made a difference, even if it is to a few people; I have still helped.

I also want to say thank you to everyone that has messaged me expressing gratitude for speaking up, asking about my parenting experience with PND and to ask if I was ok. It means the world to me and if I had to stop blogging tomorrow, the response from this article is enough for me!

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49 thoughts on “The day the Daily Mail came to my house

  1. Congratulations on the article, it’s amazing that you took the opportunity to highlight the issue of PND. I even think antenatal depression is a big issue, one I am coming to terms with myself currently as I am pregnant with my second and it has been so much harder than my first. Reading similar thoughts and feelings is very cathartic and reassuring, thank you for this post! #marvmondays

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  2. Well done for speaking out about it. You are very brave. You came across really well in the article and there’s no doubt that it will have touched a lot of sufferers or friends/family of sufferers.#MarvMondays

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  3. You should be so proud of yourself for sharing your story, my sister went through PND and it was so tough. 16 years ago it felt like no one really spoke about it at all. As mothers we need to support each other, it’s a tough gig! #TwinklyTuesday #DreamTeam

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  4. Well done for speaking out about your experience of PND. I have had PND with all five of my children and for the last 12 years been very unwell, even hospitalised at times when my PND took me to some very dark places. I am always very open about my battles and its always a positive thing when a celebrity speaks out and makes others realise that it’s okay to feel this way. #sharewithme

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  5. Well done for being so honest! I have a little boy who is nearly 5 months and I can really relate to what you went through… Its so amazing being a mummy but its completely life changing and a brand new experience xx

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  6. Congrats on the article and good on you for speaking out about something that many people still shy away from!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂


  7. Well done for sharing your experience of PND with the world. If it helped just one other mum then it would have been totally worth any question of doubt that you may have had at the start, and being in the daily mail im sure it helped more other mums than you probably realise. Lovely post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily


  8. Wow thats amazing, what a feature and I’m sure your story will have reached and touched many people, hopefully helping them! Thanks so much for linking up to #DreamandSparkle

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  9. Well done for being so brave for speaking about your experience with postnatal depression. I suffered with it for 2 years after having my son and I didn’t speak a word about it. People knew I was down, but they assumed it was due to my age. A few years later once I had overcome it – I realised I had suffered with it! Lovely post and congratulations for being in the daily mail xxx #KCACOLS

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  10. Good for you for raising awareness of such an important issue. This was an eye-opener for me as I didn’t realise that so much effort went into a photo. I thought they just turned up and took a few snaps! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  11. Well done you. I think this is a really important issue that needs more awareness, not from doctors and medical professionals but from people like yourself talking about their own experiences and opening up. Seeing other people talking openly will hopefully help others to seek the help they need and know that they are not alone x

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  12. Hi, I think it is great that you felt able to speak out in such a public way. I too have suffered with PND, but don’t feel in the right place to speak out right now. I admire your honestly and I know your story will help others.

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  13. Well done for writing the article and speaking out, I think it’s so important that we speak about these topics that are harder to discuss. I bet your writing has helped lots of people already. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

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  14. Well done for speaking about it publicly and honestly, it can’t have been easy to do at all. I definitely think that more needs to be done to bring to light how women can suffer after pregnancy, and I hope your article in the DM has helped. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  15. Ah well done, its so important to talk about it! I had the daily mail out once too but for a different story, was a fun experience though! thanks for joining us at #SundayBest…hope to see you there again tomorrow! xx


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