Celina's Story 

I have enjoyed a successful career as a television presenter working for the BBC covering Olympics, World Cups and Wimbledons. I worked a lot in football and was the first woman to present Match of the Day back in 2005. I married James in 2007 and we were delighted to conceive a year

later. My pregnancy was pretty textbook and I worked until the end. In fact I remember reporting at Wimbledon and interviewing the likes of

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with a bulging tummy and l was full of smiles. Harry was very much a planned baby and I could feel the bond in pregnancy and I was excited about meeting my baby.

My labour when it came was over 40 hours, long and hard and I was a little shell shocked when my beautiful

baby first came out but I loved him, cared for him and the first few days were good. However, within a week I had

become incredibly anxious, preoccupied with irrational thoughts and unable to sleep. This last symptom was the

hardest. Harry even as a new born was a good sleeper but when he slept I couldn't. I was overwhelmed by irrational feelings of panic and terror.

It was at this stage that my health visitor referred me to the perinatal team at the Chelsea and Westminster where I received wonderful support and I began my road to recovery. At last someone understood how I was feeling and I wasn't going mad. I had post natal depression or post natal anxiety for want of a better term. I was not alone.


Countless women go through this illness. It was not my fault and I loved my baby. I had never had any mental health issues in the past. I was a confident successful woman who had worked in the stressful world of live television for over a decade but this was an illness which, for a time, completely floored me. With the loving support of my family, my beautiful son and a wonderful psychotherapist I made a complete recovery. I am now passionate about spreading the word and doing all I can to help women who are going through this unfortunate illness. It has made me a stronger and more compassionate person and a better mother.

I got in touch with Liz Wise during my PND and she was very encouraging to me.  I was determined to help the charity once I recovered.  The work they do is immeasurable.

I have given talks to women suffering with the illness and I have seen first hand how the group set up helps with their recovery. I am passionate about Cedar House and want to help in any way I can.

Our Sponsors.....

We are very proud and extremely grateful to be sponsored by the fantastic team at The Olive Tree in Sutton Green. They will be holding different events to raise money for our charity. Please see our events page and visit their website too for more information.

 www.theolivetreesuttongreen.co.uk

The Cedar House Support Group
‘Embracing Support for Postnatal Depression’
Registered Charity Number: 1105686
 
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