Dear Mamas podcast episode 9: Anxiety and mental illness

Anxiety! Lots of parents struggle with anxiety before becoming parents. Others are hit terrible with anxiety when they fall pregnant or after their baby is born. In this episode of the Dear Mamas podcast Holly Walker and Emily Writes talk about their experiences with anxiety. The symptoms, the treatments, how they cope - what it feels like. They cover it all.

To the staff of Wellington Hospital’s Te Mahoe clinic: This is what you did for me when you gave me an abortion

More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year, yet the reasons why women have one remain largely hidden. One reason for the secrecy: the stigma of abortion, exacerbated by its inclusion in the Crimes Act, a situation PM Bill English says he has no interest in rectifying. Here one anonymous mother explains why an abortion was the right choice for her.