1. Describe your job.
Psychological therapist for NHS Wales, I support individuals experiencing common mental health issues including anxiety disorders, depression and trauma. Psychological therapist for NHS Wales, I support individuals experiencing common mental health issues including anxiety disorders, depression and trauma.
2. What’s your journey to motherhood been like?
My journey into motherhood was fairly sudden and a shock. I was happy but a bit scared. I had to sit with the hope that everything would just be OK. It wasn't that easy as a single parent from the first month of the baby's birth. So, having to navigate breastfeeding, recovery from c section and general tiredness from a new baby was pretty crazy. And I had only just started a new job when I found out I was pregnant so also washy entitled to maternity pay. But all that aside, my family lived locally and were brilliant. I also developed a lot of resilience through this time.
3. How quickly did you go back to work after your maternity leave and did / do you have any regrets?
I went back after 1 year and I felt ready to. My only regret was the difficulty continuing to breastfeed which I ended up giving up after 2 months at work. I needed to eat lunch!
4. What’s your most memorable child related incident as a WorkingMama?
Many. Scary ones including him being bitten by a friend’s dog, having a febrile seizure and pouring Reed diffuser oil were pretty scary. But also, other weird things like having to leave work quickly when oshi put a Lego up his nose in nursery and I had to remove it. Lots of wonderful things happening too like, currently, he has to go to a new school down the road for a few mornings and realising his resilience and confidence, as he loves it.
5. Which WorkingMama inspires you?
Anyone who has more than one child and works are a wonder to me. Single parents.
6. What are your top tips for all WorkingMamas out there?
hmm, drop the guilt, you can't pour from an empty cup.