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.
Maternal mental health
Association of Postnatal Illness - advice, support and helpline/live chat
Cultural, Health and Wellbeing Alliance - an organisation that promotes cultural engagement and participation to support health and wellbeing
Heads Together - a campaign to tackle the stigma of mental health
Hub of Hope - find mental health support services in your local area
International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy - information, research and networking.
Maternal Mental Health Alliance - information for mothers and professionals, with help to find support locally.
Pandas Foundation - pre and postnatal depression support for mothers.
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
Good Moms have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers - Karen Kleinman, with illustrations by Molly McIntyre
Breastfeeding Uncovered - Amy Brown
Why Mothering Matters - Maddie McMahon
The Breast Book - Emma Pickett
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.
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.