Search

Mum seeks to help others through web

PUBLISHED: 11:20 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2010

Vicki Teahan and her son Liam

Vicki Teahan and her son Liam

WHEN Vicki Teahan was diagnosed with post natal depression she didn't know which way to turn.

After a traumatic pregnancy and the premature birth of her son Liam, now three, she felt unable to leave the house, until an online network group threw her a lifeline.

WHEN Vicki Teahan was diagnosed with post natal depression she didn't know which way to turn.

After a traumatic pregnancy and the premature birth of her son Liam, now three, she felt unable to leave the house, until an online network group threw her a lifeline.

Now she is planning to give something back to Netmums, by creating her own Lowestoft web group, launching next month.

Netmums is a family of local websites that are set up and run by mums. Each one is edited and looked after separately with support from the central team. Each network is slightly different, depending on what is specific to the area in which mums live.

Each local website gives information on things to do, places to go, education, childcare, community, social and employment issues.

It also helps to stop isolation and offer support for women who have gone through difficult births, post natal depressions and miscarriages through the heart of the site - the Coffeehouse, where mums can chat to each other.

The 31-year-old is hoping aside from developing the website to organise a monthly get together at Adventure Island play park, on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, beginning with the first one on Wednesday, September 10, at 12.30pm.

She said: “Netmums has been going for about eight years and it was set up by three mums who found there was nothing in their area for mums to get together.

“The reason I got involved was that my three-and-a-half year old son was born early at 33 weeks. I got post natal depression and I found it very difficult to go out of the house. I found Netmum's where you could chat with other mums, which was perfect for me. They were my lifeline, along with local children's centres.

“It was just being able to chat to other mums who had been through it and there was an awful lot who had. I had pre-ecclampsia throughout my pregnancy and the doctors tried to keep me pregnant for as long as possible but I didn't see Liam until he was 24 hours old and I couldn't hold him when he cried.

“I just met other mums who knew how I was feeling and they were able to tell me what I was going through was expected. A year ago we lost a baby and again, Netmums was my lifeline, so I offered to do this for them as my way of giving something back to them.”

On the main Netmums website is a link to the Lowestoft site and Vicki, who lives in Pakefield, wants to encourage those who are interested in forming an informal and fun group, to get in touch.

“I know from experience that the best source of advice and support comes from other mums, but I also know that these days we are unlikely to live near our extended families or the friends we grew up with, and so when we have children we are faced with starting to build a whole new set of friends.

“The idea is to go to Adventure Island, have a coffee and chat and see where it goes. It would be lovely if it could be a monthly thing,” said Vicki.

If you want to find out more, log onto www.netmums.com in advance where you can chat online about who will be there and what will be happening. For more information email vickiplu,@fsmail.net


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Lowestoft Journal. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal