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Post-natal depression

What was your experience of post natal depression?

For me, I think it started straight after the birth. I needed a planned caesarean section. When my daughter was born I felt no emotion at all. This really concerned me as I thought that you were supposed to love your child as soon as they are born. I didn't feel any desire to hold her, feed her or change or bath her. I did do all these things, I just did it without any emotion. I would just leave her crying because I couldn't handle her and felt that she wasn't mine.


Depression and Grief

Can you tell us what happened to your family?

I guess you can call us an ordinary family, the average 2.4 children. There are only 16 months between my two children and things at first were really difficult, I suffered from PND with my second child and it took roughly 2 years to fully recover.


Abortion and me

Singer, Karla Bolanos, shares how having an abortion many years ago is still very present in her life today and how she has used her experiences to reach others.

The right to life issue has long been a cause very dear to the heart of both Catholics and Protestants. For years, the pro-life agenda has found the support of conservatives everywhere, and the Christian Music industry is no exception. During this time a long list of recording artists have used their celebrity status as a platform to champion the life of the unborn, offering financial support, counselling, as well as adoption alternatives.


Part time Dad

You are married to a Seaman Officer in the Royal Navy, how long have you been together?

We met the day before my seventeenth birthday, so that makes it twenty years in March 2005. We’ve been married thirteen years.

How many children do you have?

Three: two girls, Charlotte and Joanna aged eleven and nine, one boy, Gregory aged seven.

What were your expectations of being a naval wife with children, and how close is the reality?


Raising a child with Down's Syndrome

Our fourth child, Johanna, was born in March 2000. I was almost 45, so I knew I had a significant risk of having a child with Down's Syndrome. I'm a natural pessimist so I waited anxiously for the midwife to pronounce that she was "OK". Everything seemed to be normal, so I breathed a sigh of relief.

It wasn't until next day, after the doctor's round, that we were told they thought Johanna had Down's Syndrome.


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