Breastfeed. Bottle fed. Stay at home. Go back to work. It seems there is never one correct way to parent. It's a notion that Christina Norton knows all too well. "I personally don’t believe there is a “right” approach to parenting," said the mother of one and PR Manager for Claridge's, The Connaught & The Berkeley.
And despite having read all of the books, Christina says not only did they not prepare her for motherhood, but they left her with more questions than answers. “I personally found that reading too many of them made me self-doubt and judge myself, which ultimately lead me to believe that I was failing,” she said.
“When Penelope was born, I had trouble trusting anyone to look after her which led to a lot of (self-induced!) stress,” said Christina. “That, combined with the waves of hormones made me fall into a depression which caused me to be reclusive. I couldn’t leave the house. After three months of deep stress, I stopped producing milk. I felt like a failure. There was a silver lining in which it allowed others to bottle feed Penelope, and somehow helped me to climb out of the dark hole I was in.”
All we can say is that we’re glad she found her way out of that hole, as the work Christina produces for the iconic Maybourne Hotel Group has left us not only in awe, but completely craving a London getaway.
We spoke to Christina about this work (and how she approaches dressing for the office), parenting in today’s challenging climate, and a childhood that left her with a love of frangipanis.