It is really hard to write a page about yourself. I’ve sat here for quite a while, fingers poised over the key board, thinking about how to describe me, Emma Jane, who I am, my life and everything in between.
Firstly I am a mother to two beautiful daughters that fill my life with fun, chatter, vibrancy and surprises. I am passionate about improving maternity and perinatal mental health services for women and their families.
I am privileged to work for the NHS in the Health in Pregnancy team caring for women with low level anxiety/depression and women that have experienced birth trauma. I am a trained doula and postnatal doula. Im also a Mindfulness Practitioner.
I hope to help parents nurture their babies with love, by trusting their body, listening to their baby and following their instincts and to care for their own emotional wellbeing. Also to share my own experiences, journey to recovery from birth trauma and how my life has taken many different roads teaching me so many things about myself.
I had my first daughter at only 22 and sadly had a very traumatic birth. My birth experience and postnatal care resulted in perinatal PTSD. I share my experience to help educate health professionals on the impact of trauma in birth and how we can all work together to reduce birth trauma and improve support for families that are affected. My journey to healing can also offer hope to others.
Im part of the amazing Matexp, a grassroots movement to improve maternity services. I set up a support website for PTSD following birth trauma and facebook / twitter page called ‘Unfold your wings’. I founded the Perinatal Mental Health Network facebook discussion group. I also founded Beyond Birth Trauma to offer hope and support healing by means of the B.E.Y.O.N.D Steps.
Im quirky, creative, sometimes dipsy and definitely emotional, but I don’t mind being different. I will admit that Im also girly and love things that sparkle. Im also passionate and sometimes a little insecure. I love butterflies, flowers and all things nature. I like nothing more than taking my camera to wonderful and interesting places and capturing life with all its magic.
Sometimes life takes you down a path that may lead to a place you never dreamed of, there is always so much to learn, so much you can get involved in and lots to enjoy. On the road of life you will hit bumps and sometimes they seem like mountains, but they seek to teach us about ourself and about others.
Sometimes things happen that change us forever, but even the bad can be used for good. I believe that sometimes things happen when we least expect them, and that surprise is part of the fabric of life too.
We do not always know what awaits us in the rich tapestry of life, but when we are true to who we are, have companions that enrich our life and we believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything. I hope I can inspire you to always be You, and to see your inner strength, to see your worth and know you can overcome even the hardest of times.
So I hope you enjoy my ramblings, experiences and thoughts, one thing I promise they are always from my heart. Take a look too at my creative writing, once upon a time.
So there you have it! I know that life is a journey, that it can test us to the very edge of our endurance, but it can also give us moments of pure bliss and magic.
May you believe in yourself, your power to make a difference in this world, and may these words hold true for you too;
Love Emma Jane