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.
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
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
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
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 appreciate this being the way of things, but a lot… Continue reading we need to talk about baby loss
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 meant that I would have a much tougher time of… Continue reading a difficult postnatal recovery… and moving on
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 fatigue I resigned myself to an extended wait to greet… Continue reading welcome baby jake