This week I was honoured to be included in The Big Issue’s national 100 Changemakers 2024 list, for my work with the charity project I founded, Mothers Uncovered.
We empower women in matrescence, meaning the transition to motherhood. I also advocate nationally for investment into maternal mental health and for families, last year mounting a campaign around the increase in working hours for parents on universal credit, which has received huge traction.
But, at the same time as receiving this excellent recognition, we have had to take the heartbreaking decision to pause our life-saving work with mothers – over half being new, first-time parents, many of whom have suffered birth trauma. We simply can’t afford to keep going.
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This really hurts, as we know too many women are suffering in silence. It seems almost every week there is a news item about a crisis in maternity care: unsafe hospital wards, shortage of midwives, over 11,500 new mothers unable to access mental health care. They are forced to deal alone with anxiety, loneliness and postnatal depression, and in more serious cases, postpartum psychosis that can emerge after the birth.
- Introducing the Big Issue 100 Changemakers of 2024
- The Big Issue Changemakers of 2024: Women, family and children
As an entirely peer-led network, since 2008 nearly 3,000 women have benefitted from our post-natal groups using facilitated discussion and guided arts activities at Mothers Uncovered. As well as combatting isolation, we help mothers understand that they matter in their own right as women. Our non-judgmental, supportive groups inspire the mothers to take ownership of their lives going forward, knowing they have a community they can rely on.