Hey, I am Ivana!
I am Ivana, a motivational speaker, award-winning Motherhood coach, author of Motherhood – The Unspoken, maternal mental health advocate, mother of three (including twins), wife to an amazing husband, and a postnatal depression survivor and fighter!
After my twin boys were born, I struggled with major postnatal depression which was the scariest experience of my life and something I don’t wish anyone to ever have to go through. Saying I felt low at the time would be an understatement. I hated being a mum and longed to turn back time. On a few occasions, I was even suicidal.
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 screaming.
Today I know I was not the only mum who struggled. Even if things don’t go as far as depression, being a mum is nothing like we had 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 triggers for postnatal depression are the 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.
I believe that the best way to prevent new mums from suffering from depression is being honest with each other. To stop pretending that motherhood is all bed of roses and admit that there are times we feel exhausted, lonely, worthless, guilty, tearful… This is the best and only we can make a difference, break the stigma around maternal mental health, and help lower the risks of postnatal depression in new parents.
With my work, I am a mission to achieve just that.
It wasn’t always easy to run a business while looking after small twin boys, but the memory of how desperate and lonely I felt once is a fuel that always keeps pushing me forward.
Love, Ivana xx
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