Health · Maternity Matters

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 brave c-section mums showing off their scars, and to read my post about perceptions of body image and how mums can accept their new ‘normal’.

We’d love to hear your experiences of the issues raised in the post – Tweet us @MaternityMattrs and use the hashtag #MyBirthMyBody to join the conversation.

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Health · 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 pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy. To be nominated, over 5… Continue reading The Tommy’s Awards 2016 and why Maternity Matters

Health · Maternity Matters

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 related to their pregnancy and childbirth each year actually get… Continue reading The maternal mental health lottery must end NOW

Health · Reviews

review: postnatal pilates with dr joanna helcke

Unbelievably, Jake is already approaching his half birthday, which also means I’m coming to the end of the six month postnatal Pilates programme from Dr Joanna Helcke. I had the opportunity to start the accompanying pregnancy side of the programme while I was expecting, but suffering from ongoing pelvic pain which made just getting around… Continue reading review: postnatal pilates with dr joanna helcke

Health · Maternity Matters

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 to congratulate my wonderful friends Susanne of Ghostwritermummy and Leigh… Continue reading the tommy’s awards 2016: mum’s voice award