About Mama Diary

Let’s normalise the conversation on mental health in motherhood.

Dr Carla Runchman is a mum of two and NHS Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years’ experience working in mental health. After having her first baby, Carla found that there was a lack of accessible, clear, practical information about looking after your mental health in the early days of motherhood. Based on her personal and professional experience, she set about writing notes in her own diary; psychological strategies and techniques to help tackle the emotional highs and lows of early motherhood.

What started as a set of scribbled notes in her own diary was eventually shared with friends who encouraged her to write them up into a series of notebooks. They are designed to help mums look after themselves, whilst they are busy raising the future.

The first book in the series is Mama Notes – a notebook for the first twelve weeks of motherhood, often referred to as the fourth trimester. There is space to record the essentials such a feeds and nappies, together with a wellbeing focus for mum every week. There are ideas, tips and activities to try, and weekly journal prompts to help you remember and reflect on these early weeks.


The best new baby present I received.