Hey, I am Ivana!

I am the author of Motherhood – The Unspoken, (the second edition is coming out in 2024, yay!!), motivational speaker, award-winning mentor, mother of three (including twins) & wife to an amazing husband, who is on a mission to help mums get their power back and be happy again! 

After my twin boys, Henry & Mason, were born in 2016, I struggled with severe postnatal depression (PND).

It was the scariest (and loneliest) experience of my life and something I don’t wish on anyone.

Saying I felt low at the time would be an understatement.

I hated being a mum, I longed to turn back time and was even suicidal at one point. 

I felt incredibly ashamed about how I felt and put all the effort into hiding my feelings.

Outwardly, I was the happy, relaxed mum I thought I should be but inside, I was falling apart.

Luckily, I eventually managed to pull through but this is not the case for everyone. There are thousands of mums (and dads) around the world who suffer in silence. 

Even if it doesn’t go as far as depression, being a mum is not easy and far from what we have expected. 

You juggle more than you can handle – often without help & support.

You feel that as a ‘good mum’ you should do everything yourself and sacrifice your own needs.

You worry that others might perceive you as a bad mum, and you often refrain from doing what you want (or need) due to the fear of judgment. 

You compare yourself to other mums on social media, and seeing all those ‘perfect’ photos often makes you feel like you don’t measure up. 

Once I understood this, I KNEW I had to make a difference!

Initially, I started blogging to help other mums feel less alone. Not even within a year of blogging, I was shortlisted in the Best Business Women Awards. 

In 2019. I published the first edition of my book Motherhood – The Unspoken which reveals the untold truths about motherhood people don’t talk about (and should), shares real-life stories from 10 different first-time mums, gives plenty of support and reassurance to new mums, and, in the process, helps lower the risks of PND.

Around the time the book was released, I also started running online and offline workshops and classes for new mums – many of them in cooperation with the NHS midwives. With the award-winning midwife Marley Hall I also created an online course for expectant mums ‘Get prepared for motherhood like no one else‘. 

In 2020, I started private mentoring, and in 2020 I won a Bronze Shining Star Business Award.

I could not be prouder of how far my brand Mumsjourney has come. You could see my work featured in various media outlets including Forbes, BBC, TALK Radio, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post, to name but a few. (see my press page to see more.)

I also occasionally appear on BBC London Radio as an expert. Before she moved to GB News, I was also a regular guest on Nana Akua’s parenting show on BBC 3CR. 

And last but not least – I am a mum of gorgeous boys I would die for! 

With my work, I am on a mission to create a world where new mums don’t struggle in silence anymore but live their BEST LIVES. 

If you’d like more information about my workshops or mentoring, please do get in touch at love@mumsjourney.com. 
 
Love, Ivana xx
 

 

From the blog:

The BEST new mum advice (from real mums who have been here)

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8 Simple tips for surviving the extra tough mum days