I slept through my first labour...
With her career down the toilet, a husband who was never home, a baby screaming non-stop and her cries for help falling on deaf ears, Megan Blandford spent years saying, “I’m fine”.
Spoiler alert (not really): she wasn’t fine.
I’m Fine (and other lies) is Megan Blandford’s honest, hilarious and arresting account of postnatal depression and early motherhood. This book is a lifeline to new mums, and invaluable to those who want to understand their experience.
“I slept through my first labour. Eventually a midwife woke me. ‘It’s time to push,’ she said, pointing to the machine that was monitoring my baby. It showed contraction after contraction, spiking and declining with mountainous patterns like the heart rate machines on medical shows. Beside the machine was my husband, Steve’s, face, watching me closely, complete with massive eye bags from worry and exhaustion; it appeared that while I’d been sleeping he’d been on high alert.
Taking one for the team, you could say, which was only fair because apparently—I was about to push an entire human through my hoo-ha.”
Praise for I'm Fine (And Other Lies) -
“An intensely personal and heartfelt story of one woman’s journey through depression to find herself – she like so many women, was so critical of herself as she transitioned into motherhood, and struggled to ask for help and be heard. I hope this helps other women free themselves of their own negative internal voice long enough to get help.” – Anne Buist, psychiatrist and author
About The Author
I write stories people relate to, for some of the best publications and organisations in Australia. I specialise in lifestyle and travel writing. Whether it’s a feature article, a personal story or a corporate blog post, I love to tell a good story about something meaningful, interesting and entertaining.
High quality, intriguing, top notch writing: that’s what I’m here to do.
And, by the way, I’ve never met a deadline I’m not early for.
My first book, I’m Fine (and other lies), is my story of postnatal depression - from its onset to recovery - and is published by Wild Dingo Press.
The story is told with raw honesty and touches of humour, and has received much praise from mental health foundations, reviewers and authors. Most importantly, it has touched a range of readers - from mums who know exactly what it feels like to have these experiences, to women and men who know and want to better understand someone with a mental health challenge.