Gwen Burchell and her son Harry: ‘I thought parenting couldn’t be that hard because everybody does it. But it is.’

A couple might start training themselves with the responsibility of caring for a dog or a cat; they may read up on the topic extensively and attend an(...)

If women’s anxieties are not identified and dealt with, they can get out of hand. They overthink things, with negative thoughts leading to low self-esteem, which increases the risk of post-natal depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

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