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A Liverpool entrepreneur who gave birth to her second child at the start of the pandemic has just launched her co-ordinating Christmas collection consisting of personalised and matching pyjamas for mums and their mini me with mental health at it’s heart, as for every pair sold £1 will donated to Mind Charity.
Alishia Thomas’ stylish independent online store aptly named ‘M0THER’ which she created in 2018 specialises in gifts and self care products for Mothers at all stages of their Motherhood journey including their own cherry blossom, lemon and lavender gin dedicated to celebration of Motherhood, colourful comfy sliders and their popular Motherhood survival kit.
Cosy up in the festive spirit with their new coordinating sleepwear perfect for you and your little ones. In eye-catching festive colours to get your Christmas spirit in full swing. This collection is sure to be a very merry hit throughout the season. The matching set also features a personalised name embroidery that adds extra character to the look.
As a mum of two girls (a 6 year old and a 6 month old) she has experienced first hand the stark contrast of giving birth and having a new baby with her first child Noa in 2014 to now with her new baby Effie due to the restrictions COVID-19 has brought.
After spending the first national lockdown in what felt like isolation, lack of contact from Healthcare professionals and all the usual support for new mums stripped away.
Talking about her own mental health Alishia asked herself “what does the future hold for this new world I have brought my child into?”
“It has been a constant battle over good days and bad days, and just trying to stay positive. Not having easy to access to a midwife or health visitor was tough. But, one thing is for sure and that it’s not just me who experienced this alone many mothers up and down the county went through this in isolation, even pre and post lockdown”
Her family support system massively suffered as pre arranged help for her new daughters arrival never materialised with her partner’s Mum living in Dublin and her younger sister in Dubai they were unable to come to the UK due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. They have still not met the latest addition to the family.
“I am glad to be from a time where mental health is a big part of the conversation, but nonetheless going through a global pandemic and having a new baby during lockdown definitely took a toll on my mental health especially knowing how much this experience differed from having my first daughter”
I came across Mind Charity ‘Take a moment for Mind’ campaign the essence of their campaign really struck a cord with me as I scrolled through the many touching black and white mother and baby shots, I thought how many moments all over the world are new mums having , like myself? the compounding emotions of having a new baby to hold but also the worry of the future and how this will effect them?
“It is during this time as MIND Charity was at the forefront of my mind, I thought how we can work together to help not only mums but everyone feeling the pressure of the pandemic? As MIND is a Mental Health Charity that advocates and supports mental health so no one has to face it alone especially at Christmas time”
“As a self-made small business we are proud to be supporting Mind Charity as the world prepares to spend the rest of the year in pyjamas, we thought what better way to help a charity that supports people struggling to cope with loneliness and isolation that Covid-19 has caused? Therefore, from every sale of our Christmas Collection, £1 will be donated to Mind Charity”
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