A former postnatal depression sufferer, Elaine’s empathy and practical techniques have helped many mothers. She advises health professionals and family support groups worldwide on post-natal depression care and treatment.
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After the birth of my much-wanted son, I was horrified to find my dream became a nightmare as I developed puerperal psychosis, a severe form of postnatal depression.
Once I had recovered, I shared my journey with the publication of my book ‘Eyes Without Sparkle – A Journey Through Postnatal Illness’. I wanted to offer hope to future sufferers and also show healthcare professionals that their actions can profoundly affect a patient's recovery.
If you or a family member is suffering from postnatal illness, let me assure you that it does get better. Call me for a confidential chat so I can give you practical and empathic suggestions of how to make recovery easier and more effective.
My other role is advising and inspiring healthcare professionals in the principles of care for sufferers, and the types of services and suggestions for treatment, which really matters, to the families in their care.
Over the last six years, I’ve spoken to a wide range of audiences, including in Australia and to the European Parliament. I’ve also learnt a great deal of clinical research, development and good practice. Those also affected by postnatal illness have shared their stories with me, enabling me to develop considerable knowledge in this field that I’m delighted to pass on to you.
"My sister in law is presently going through post natal depression and at the moment she is being very nasty to me and my family - I see a lot of similarities that you went through and this is really helping me to understand and be more sympathetic to what she is going through. Thanks again for a chat that will always be an inspiration to me x"
"I found Elaine’s journey truly inspirational as nothing hits home harder than true life experiences and for her to have come through this horrific time in her life does give hope to other sufferers. (Family Support worker, Birmingham)"
Family support worker
1985 B Ed (Hons) - 2.1
Expert by Experience Speaker and Author
2000 - Present
After recovering from puerperal psychosis in 1996/7 I shared my experience via talks, e.g National Benchmarking conference in 2000 for health professionals. After the publication of my book in 2005 I resigned my school teaching post and have since spoken at many conferences. In doing so I have learnt very relevant and up-to-date information across the whole area. I also use my website as a growing resource to collate and cascade examples of good practice and useful resources. In addition many other families and health professionals have told me their experiences and I have added this to my my knowledge and can advise on many aspects of ways to recover from postnatal illness.
Special Needs Teacher
Cheshire County Council
1985 - 2005
I taught children in the age range 2 - 19 years at schools for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties. Not only did this involve close working relationships with the children but also their parents and a wide multi-disciplinary team.
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