What do you worry/feel guilty about?

The Being Mum project is about capturing the reality of life for mums after pregnancy, birth and with a baby.

Working full time

The world I’ve brought children into

Everything with my eldest – I am too tired to play, the baby needs so much attention and I worry that she is playing on her own too much

I worry about not having a wider social circle for him, making him reliant on me


I worry that reflux has restricted her physical development and I feel guilty about not getting out as much as I’d like with her because I’m so tired

Working! I feel guilty leaving her in nursery for 3 days a week

I feel guilty for those days when I’m exhausted and we have an indoors sofa day

I feel guilt for working a high pressured, full time job and having both of my children in full time nursery so young

Leaving work, so not providing financially

I both worry about and feel guilty about not getting it right

The impact when I lose it and shout, how me and my partner speak to each other at times

She goes to nursery 5 days a week and I don’t think I’ll ever not feel guilty about that

Everything! I’m back at work and I feel guilty being away from him. I worry that he’s okay in nursery, I worry about money and being able to provide for him. I worry about whether we’ll be able to afford to give him a sibling.

Not always being present enough

I feel guilty about doing anything for myself

Being Mum is about giving you a voice and a place to read other women’s experiences to normalise motherhood and to ease the isolation.

It’s also about starting a conversation about motherhood, about how individual it is and the impact it can have.

Please do read, share and take part.

With consultationsdigital guides and courses, my practice is here for you every step of the way. You can also become a member for exclusive content, discussion and a place to ask questions.

North East Birth & Baby is where you can read about pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

As a doula I work with parents from across Newcastle and Tyneside.

Copyright: Janine Smith