A NEW mum frustrated with the 'perfection' of motherhood shown in books and on social media decided to publish her own brutally honest parenting memoir.

When Rebecca Oxtoby, from Callands, gave birth to daughter Isabelle, she realised mums needed a realistic image of what being a parent is all about.

"I'm a Mum to a nearly one-year-old, born in Warrington Hospital and I'm sick to death of parenting books pushing the 'supermum' pretence," the 29-year-old explained.

"We live in a society that only broadcasts perfection on social media, and motherhood was definitely not that for me.

"I think a lot of new mums feel pressure; to know what they're doing, know what the cry means, maintain a picture-perfect Instagram account with a baby that doesn't have vomit down the front of their baby grow.

"This is the first generation of mums who have the added pressure of social media closing in on them all the time.

"So, I wanted to say it how it is.

Warrington Guardian:

"I wanted to document, sometimes brutally, how hard it is, how it's ok to eat chocolate digestives for breakfast and binge watch Taskmaster and how it's absolutely fine if you don't know the dance routine to Wind the Bobbin Up- because I don't either."

Rebecca first found writing her book, Mum's the Word, therapeutic but soon realised it could provide laughter, unity and comfort to new and expectant mums.

She explained: "I’ve always loved writing.

"I’m a highly specialist speech and language therapist by background, so language and words have always been my passion, but it was only when Isabelle was born that I was driven to document the situations I found myself in.

Warrington Guardian:

"The book is a hilariously funny and brutally honest parenting memoir exposing the truth behind life with a newborn."

Mum's the Word is available to buy on Amazon.

All social media links for the title are @bookmumstheword, which people can use to order from Rebecca directly.