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p is for photos and precious moments

I’m proud to be engaged in the #MatExp (Maternity Experience) community on Twitter – a group of like-minded health professionals and parents with a shared passion for creating and seeing change for the better in our UK maternity services. It’s a stimulating and enriching community to be involved in, from both a professional and personal… Continue reading p is for photos and precious moments

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27 weeks: best laid birth plans

This week’s Baby size as fruit or vegetable: Cauliflower Pregnancy symptom of the week: Random nosebleeds! Aside from my nose randomly erupting at various points over the last few days (I’ve had three unprovoked nosebleeds now), I’ve had an uneventful pregnancy week. Bump continues to grow and wriggle and I continue to heave myself around,… Continue reading 27 weeks: best laid birth plans

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25 weeks: a few words about choice, birth and ‘the system’

This week I’m making a bit of a departure from my usual pregnancy updates to make a more serious point. I have begun thinking about making a birth plan, being only too aware that it will only ever be my birth preferences – no-one can genuinely plan for childbirth with any certainty. And I’ll be… Continue reading 25 weeks: a few words about choice, birth and ‘the system’

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21 & 22 weeks: Blooming with #BlogBumpClub

This week’s Baby size as fruit or vegetable: Cantaloupe melon Pregnancy symptom of the week: Blooming bump! The last couple of weeks have simply flown by and I’m getting a real feeling that pregnancy is running away with me. Bump is still expanding nicely (to the point where someone said I was ‘blooming’ this week,… Continue reading 21 & 22 weeks: Blooming with #BlogBumpClub

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13 weeks: introducing Great North Bump

Finally my secret’s out! After writing anonymous posts as ‘Mystery Mum’ on my other site Blogs For Babies for three months, I can now be me and introduce you to my Great North Bump, affectionately known as Lentil. I think a lot of expectant mums grasp onto one of the equivalently sized foodstuffs the websites… Continue reading 13 weeks: introducing Great North Bump

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‘all of this’: taking the unexpected path

My mum said something to me yesterday that really made me think. I was sitting with my parents and Little Man in the spectator stands at Gateshead Stadium, cheering on the drizzle-soaked runners making a torturous circuit of the athletics track before crossing the finish line of the Great North 10k, a race I had… Continue reading ‘all of this’: taking the unexpected path

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tea and toast: don’t feed the fears of childbirth

Save the Children UK have launched an admirable and worthy campaign to help end the unnecessary deaths of newborn babies around the world. An unacceptably tragic 1 million babies a year don’t live past their first day of life, with nearly 3 million not living to see their second month. The majority of these deaths… Continue reading tea and toast: don’t feed the fears of childbirth