New motherhood can be a challenging time for anyone, and while journaling provides a positive creative outlet for us, it can also bring up strong emotions and new feelings.

There are a number of organisations that can help to provide support and connection, like the ones listed here.

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Maternal mental health

Cartoon by Kate Evans

Cartoon by Kate Evans

Mother and baby

  • Birth Rights - help, advice and resources to promote human rights in birth

  • Best Beginnings - resources and information, including the Baby Buddy app.

  • Bliss - a charity for premature and sick babies with information, resources and a helpline.

  • Maternity Action - information and advice about rights at work, maternity leave, breastfeeding with a Free Maternity Rights Action Line.

  • Positive Birth Movement - find a local Positive Birth Group, along with resources and a blog

  • Pregnant then screwed - legal advice, mentoring and live events about rights for mothers.

Birth and breastfeeding

Image by Kate Evans from Food of Love

Image by Kate Evans from Food of Love

Arts in health

Creativity and the arts are increasingly being recognised as vital tools that can help address mental health, wellbeing, and social challenges.

Below are a few examples of organisations that explore the creative possibilities of a range of arts activities such as dance, music, writing and visual arts to promote, protect and enhance health and wellbeing.

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

  • Arts and Minds – arts and mental health charity delivering arts on prescription

  • Aesop Marketplace - a comprehensive list of Arts in Health organisations

  • Breathe Arts – a performing arts initiative in healthcare

  • Creative Health - The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Report by The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (making the case for Arts in Health initiatives)

  • Performing Medicine - building a resilient, caring workforce through arts-based training for health professionals

Further resources on our Inspiration pages may also be helpful.