Hey, I am Ivana!

I’m a postnatal depression survivor, author of Motherhood – The Unspoken, motivational speaker, award-nominated blogger, mother of three (including twins) & wife to an amazing husband, who is on a mission to create a world where new mothers don’t suffer in silence. 

After my twin boys were born, I struggled with severe postnatal depression.

This was frankly the scariest 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.

Today I know I was not the only mum who’d felt this way.

Even if things don’t go as far as depression, being a mum is nothing like we have expected and without relevant information and support, this can easily lead to guilt, self-doubt, and severe mental health issues. 

I am convinced that one of the main causes of postnatal depression is unrealistic expectations about motherhood. (Social) media and the environment feed us with the illusion that motherhood is nothing but pure joy and happiness. 

However, this is often not the case so if a mum does not feel happy right away, she often feels like a failure and falls into depression. 

Once I pulled through depression, I set up Mumsjourney and have helped new mums be better prepared for motherhood & give them exclusive support on their motherhood journey so that they can be the best mums for themselves and their children. (and so that they never have to feel like I did!) 

My debut book Motherhood – The Unspoken offers real insights into the life of a new mum, reveals the untold truths about motherhood people don’t talk about, gives new mums PLENTY of support and hope for the future, and, in the process, helps lower the risks of postnatal depression.

Click HERE for more details. 

 

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