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Sarah

I am a busy working mum with two sons, I decided to start Open House after I suffered severe postnatal depression following the birth of my second son. Because I was very unwell I was admitted to the Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, I stayed on the unit for 8 weeks until I was discharged.
On discharge I was back to my old self and felt that I needed to use my experience to help others and show that no matter how bad things get you can get better.

Geraldine

Hi I am a full time Mum with three kids and I have had PND and anxiety after each child. After my third child was born my symptoms were so bad that I had to be admitted to the Mother & Baby Unit and stayed there for 6 weeks. After recovering from that last episode I decided to do something positive with my experiences and that is when I became involved with Open House.

Nichola

I am Mummy to two little girls, Amelle & Eleanor. After the birth of Ellie, I suffered with PND and spent eight weeks on the Mother and Baby Unit where I had Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) as part of my treatment. Whilst it is eight weeks of my life that I have no real recollection of, I really wouldn’t change things. Being involved with Open House has given me the opportunity to bring something positive to an otherwise negative experience.

Lindsey 

Hiya! I am mum to Adam (11) and Millie (8). I had prenatal and post natal depression with my daughter. I was very anxious during my pregnancy and suffered irrational fears and thoughts caused by OCD. I was given medication early on in my pregnancy as I was very ill and couldn’t function.
The depression returned but not until a few months after the birth of my daughter. I had CBT which I now believe helped me change the way I think. I still take medication for OCD and always will … a small price to pay if it keeps me well. I became involved in Open House Nottingham after searching for PND groups in this area. When I had Millie there was no one I could talk to who felt the same way, which was very isolating. Knowing your are never alone and that women know just how you feel can be a great comfort.