I Worried My Babies Would be Taken Away – Erin’s Story
Hi all, and welcome back to my blog. Today is day 20 of my mental health awareness month. If you missed yesterdays interview with Farrah, get that here. Today I am joined by Erin from adventuresincrafting who is bravely talking to me about her battle with PTSD and anxiety.
I’m 34 years old, married to a United States Marine, and we just had twin girls in November. My background is in early
childhood education and I taught preschool for 10 years before taking time off now to care for my girls. We live by Joshua Tree, CA. Before having our girls, we struggled with infertility for 6 years. While pregnant, I was on hospitalized bed rest for two months due to preterm labor.
What type of Post Natal metal health condition did you, or do you have?
I have been diagnosed with postpartum post traumatic stress and anxiety.
When did you first realise that you had a mental health condition, what were your first symptoms?
My first symptoms were racing and intrusive fears about something happening to me or the babies. These led to panic attacks.
That sounds like a really traumatic time, do you feel this had an impact on your parenting?
My babies were in the NICU initially which made interacting with them challenging. Once this happened I reached out for help.
I’m glad you felt you were able to reach out for help.
What was your biggest worry about having a mental health condition?
That I would never feel like myself again or enjoy parenting. I also worried that if I asked for help my babies would be taken away.
Did you receive any help? If so, what was it?
Yes, I have been seeing a psychiatrist and relying on my support people like my husband and mom.
Having a good support system around you, is so important.
Has your mental health improved since?
Yes, not as much as I’d like, but I’m only 4 months into parenthood. But it has considerably improved as I’m able to care for them daily while my husband is at work.
What do you do personally, to help your own mental health?
I love to craft, so I started a crafting blog to focus my mind a little bit. I also like to exercise and take baths to relax.
I Love your crafting blog!
Do you feel there is enough support out there, for parents with a mental health condition?
I feel like there’s starting to be, but the stigma still exists.
What advice would you give to parents suffering from a postnatal mental health condition?
My biggest suggestion would be to recognize that there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s a biochemical experience, and not to feel hesitant about reaching out for support from experts.
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete these questions, if you would like to follow Erin’s journey, her details are below.
Much love 💕
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