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Maternity Matters #MyBirthMyBody campaign

Maternity Matters #MyBirthMyBody campaign

I’ve written a post for the Maternity Matters website I co-edit, to support our #MyBirthMyBody campaign, raising awareness of issues surrounding postnatal body image along with those of bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth. I’d urge you to check out the amazing video featuring some […]

The Tommy’s Awards 2016 and why Maternity Matters

The Tommy’s Awards 2016 and why Maternity Matters

Last week I had the absolute honour and privilege of attending the Tommy’s Awards, where I was shortlisted for the Mum’s Voice award. Tommy’s is a charity very close to my heart, having been the first cause I chose to support following my experience of […]

The maternal mental health lottery must end NOW

The maternal mental health lottery must end NOW

Some welcome if more than a little overdue health news this week, as the government announced a much needed expansion in specialist mental health services for pregnant and new mothers. Current figures suggest only about a quarter of the 40,000 women experiencing mental health issues […]

The Tommy’s Awards 2016: Mum’s Voice Award

The Tommy’s Awards 2016: Mum’s Voice Award

I received an incredible surprise this morning in the form of an email from Tommy’s, the baby charity, letting me know that I have been longlisted for the Mum’s Voice Award, sponsored by Seraphine, in the upcoming Tommy’s Awards 2016! Last night I was thrilled […]

We Need To Talk About Baby Loss

There are many sensitive subjects that are considered ‘taboo’; personal circumstances that we just aren’t supposed to talk about in polite society in case other people are offended. Heaven forbid we should make someone feel uncomfortable with our unpalatable problems. In some cases you can […]

A Difficult Postnatal Recovery… And Moving On

I don’t imagine there are many women who give birth to a 10lb+ baby and emerge completely unscathed. Despite having the birth experience I had wanted in the birthing pool, the quick progress of my labour and sheer size of Baby Jake at 10lb 2oz […]

Welcome Baby Jake

So, I’ve had an eventful couple of weeks! Those following my blog and copious Tweets will know I was expecting our second baby boy, due to arrive on the 11th July. Of course the 11th came and went without incident and in my late pregnancy […]

37 weeks: into uncharted territory

This week’s Baby size as fruit or vegetable: Bunch of Swiss chard (who has EVER bought Swiss chard?) Pregnancy symptom of the week: Most importantly, no pre-eclampsia So now I’ve hit a milestone I wondered if I’d ever reach – passing the point in my […]