Pregnancy and Birth

A Letter To My Darling First Born: I Miss You Already

My darling first born. I feel the new life growing inside of me. The soft butterfly flutters moving around inside of my slowly expanding belly. The familiar sensations from when I was pregnant with you, all comes flooding back to me. While I am filled with joy at the prospect of bringing another child into the world, my darling first born, I miss you already.

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Our Post Baby Bodies: Why the Focus needs to be on Getting Stronger and not Losing the ‘Baby Weight’

While it is difficult for women to not focus on losing their baby weight, as it is all over social media, I would love women to value function over aesthetic and to see the importance of having a body that is strong enough, nimble enough and fuelled enough to do the things we love to do for ourselves and for our families.

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The Scary Start to my Pregnancy

I had a scary start to my pregnancy. With severe implantation pains very early on, I spent the first weeks of my pregnancy thinking that it was ectopic, and that I would miscarry. I had absolutely no idea that implantation pain as badly as mine, was a symptom of pregnancy our body could go through. At the time, it was absolutely terrifying and incredibly painful both physically and emotionally.

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The Preemie Positives

I normally consider myself a fairly positive person. However, when my son was born at 28 weeks gestation, it was impossible for me to feel anything other than grief and fear. My baby Arthur spent almost 3 months in hospital and it was, without a doubt, the most difficult time of my life.  Fast forward […]

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Can we please stop saying ‘all that matters is that you have a healthy baby’

It goes without saying that, of course, I am unbelievably grateful to have a healthy child. But that does not mean that I cannot also feel sadness and disappointment about my birth experience. When you say ‘all that matters is that your baby is healthy’ you are perpetuating a culture that is silencing women who are hurting. A culture that says, it does not matter what level of trauma goes on behind the closed doors of the birthing suite, as long as everyone comes out alive.

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