EDDIE CATZ BLOG

Nice to meet you!

Nice to meet you!

I am so excited to be joining the Eddie Catz blog this year. What an amazing way to start the New Year! My name is Alexandra Hurton and I am the writer and creator of the Young Mummy Survival Guide. The Young Mummy Survival Guide is a blog aimed at helping, supporting and offering advice to other younger mothers like myself.

I found myself pregnant at the age of 19 while in my final year at college. When my daughter was born, I had only left college a month before, so found myself encountering situations and challenges I had never even dreamed of and felt completely unprepared for this new element to my life. I remember my godmother coming to see me a few weeks before my daughter was born and realized I had absolutely nothing ready!

The first year of my daughter’s life was tough. I suffered from postnatal depression, which is what lead me to discover that help catered for younger mothers is hard to come across. I found a few pages through using different search engines, but struggled to relate to them and understand them. I did find a lot of help and information though from my local Sure Start centre. It was the support staff there that encouraged me to go out to play centres and groups with my daughter, who helped me start to enjoy being a mum. It helped a lot. I found out that I enjoyed the play centre as much as she did. Seems weird when I look back as I now can’t imagine not being a mum. I sit there sometimes and think, “What did I do all day when I didn’t have a baby?”

In October 2014, I was asked to create a blog as part of my university degree and lo and behold, the Young Mummy Survival Guide was born. The blog has been created with the aim to help fill that gap in advice that is currently there so that younger mothers would have somewhere to go to access the help that they need.

The blog slowly began to pick up some momentum through our Facebook and Twitter pages, with young girls emailing in (confidentially of course) with their problems, searching for advice from someone who had been in their position.  There have been a couple of occasions where younger dads have emailed in with their worries and concerns.

As I am not a health professional, the blog also has information about where to find support from professionals such as the NHS, Marie Stopes and others. I hope to build the Young Mummy Survival Guide more over the next few years and really get the message out to younger mothers that there is somewhere to go for advice and support.

Over the coming months, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my adventures and tips with you all on the Eddie Catz blog.

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Alexandra

Creator and writer for the Young Mummy Survival Guide, a blog aimed at helping younger mothers from the view of a younger mother. Currently studying PR, media and marketing in Canterbury, Kent.

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