“It’s easier to be courageous for your child than it is to be courageous for yourself,” shares Jacqui Doyle, the first guest of the ME+MOTHERHOOD ‘My Motherhood Story’ series of conversations with incredible Mums.
Like all mothers, Jacqui has experienced her share of ups and downs – the pure joy of the precious moments, blended with the struggle to become a parent, postnatal depression, a body forever changed since childbirth, managing her health and navigating her way through motherhood to reclaim her sense of self and trust in her body.
Jacqui’s vulnerability, honesty and generous insight in this episode gives so much; leaving you with new strategies, the knowledge that you are never alone, and that you too can get through hard things. She has a quiet strength and grit about her, melded with a beautiful softness and big heart open to learning, integrating and finding the support she needs.
This is a raw and real conversation and you will love Jacqui as much as I do.
Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380
- PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306