Carrie Bickmore has opened up about seeing a psychologist after the traumatic birth of her first son, Ollie, claiming the experience left her traumatised to do it again with daughter Evie. In a candid interview on The Weekly With Charlie Pickering, Bickmore said that she wanted to open up about her family's struggles with mental health, nothing that she has anxiety and her partner Chris has OCD.
"We don't spend a lot of time talking about it, I think," the 38-year-old began. "That's what we have and we both openly see, I saw psychologists when I was pregnant with Evie," she said of her and her partner's experiences with therapy. "I had this real fear of giving birth to Evie because I nearly died after I gave birth to Ollie."
"We don't take special time to talk about as if it's a strange thing or a thing to be ashamed of or anything, it's who we are,' she said, saying there should not be a stigma towards mental illness."
In a previous interview with marie claire, Carrie said that ten days after welcoming Oliver she suffered from a severe haemorrhage that nearly killed. "If had I not been able to head straight to a hospital and have an operation and blood transfusions, I would have died."
"Giving birth is a full on thing, it's beautiful, it's special, but it's also traumatic," she said in another interview on the Hit Network. "It's painful, I would have done anything to have the experience erased from my mind. They say you forget and that's why you go back again. I never forgot. The funniest part, it's hard to get your head around what actually happens."
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.