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Terror, rage and trauma: The darker side of motherhood

The struggles in motherhood are often concealed by keeping up the appearance of the ideal, serene parent. But being honest and open about these hardships is the best way to deal with them, says psychotherapist and author Anna Mathur 

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Author and psychotherapist Anna Mathur has a new book called The Little Book of Calm For New Mums

Author and psychotherapist Anna Mathur has a new book called The Little Book of Calm For New Mums

Anna Mathur. Photo: Lisa Rogers

Anna Mathur. Photo: Lisa Rogers

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums, by Anna Mathur

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums, by Anna Mathur

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Author and psychotherapist Anna Mathur has a new book called The Little Book of Calm For New Mums

There exists a dominant narrative about the experience of new motherhood. It is represented by imagery painted in pastel tones, of stuffed bunnies and cheerful balloons. The new mother, we are led to believe, is made molten by hormones and tenderness. She is serene, Madonna-like.

This story only tells a fraction of the truth. The reality is more complex and much darker.


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