I am Ivana, an award-winning Motherhood coach, author of Motherhood - The Unspoken, maternal mental health advocate, mother of twins, wife to an amazing husband, and a believer in every mum's power to achieve anything she desires.
Originally from Slovakia, I moved to England at the age of 29. After becoming a mother, I suffered major postnatal depression which was the worst experience of my life and something I don't wish anyone to ever have to go through.
But sadly, I soon understood I was not the only one struggling. Even if things don't go as far as depression, being a mother is nothing like we had expected and without relevant information and support, this can easily lead to feelings of guilt, self-doubt, or severe mental health issues.
Once I understood how many mums out there struggle in silence, I immediately knew I wanted to make a difference!
I believe I was born for this purpose. To break the stigma around maternal mental health, to stop future mums suffering in silence, and help them be the joyful, happy mums they deserve to be!
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THE PROBLEM IS, THAT A MOTHER IS AUTOMATICALLY EXPECTED
TO BE HAPPY
Being a postnatal depression (PND) survivor and having worked with mums for over 4 years now, I am convinced that one of the main reasons mothers struggle is unrealistic expectations about motherhood.
A new mum is somewhat automatically expected to be happy. However, this is often not the case so if a mother doesn't experience feelings of pure joy and happiness from the first moment, this often leads to feelings of guilt, self-doubt, or severe mental health issues.I am convinced that once mothers are better informed about the reality of motherhood, it will break the stigma around maternal mental health and stop mothers from suffering in silence once and for all.I suffered in silence for 8 months until I reached rock bottom and could not hide my feelings anymore. The day I spoke up was the day that changed everything and simply KNEW that it was my mission to help other mums out there who struggle just like I did.If you too are struggling in any way, my darling, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!I'm here to help you be the mum you want to be and enjoy motherhood (and life) to the absolute fullest!