family · Kids · Mental Health · Parenting

When the kids prefer daddy

This one is tough. I don’t really rationally believe that the boys prefer my husband but I sometimes can’t escape the feeling that they do. They are both daddy’s boys and despite me being the main caregiver, spending most of my time with them, planning their days and activities, worrying about what they should eat,… Continue reading When the kids prefer daddy

birth · family · Health · Maternity

Blog series post #6: Better post-natal care

After my last post, I took a step back, as I found it really emotionally draining to go back over the utterly shite treatment I had with my last birth in particular. But the state of post-natal care also needs to be addressed and was, on the whole, poor during both my experiences. There have… Continue reading Blog series post #6: Better post-natal care

birth · Maternity · Mental Health · pregnancy

Blog series post #5: Birth trauma

Both my births were traumatic in different ways. My first son was born after a very long back-to-back labour, I didn’t dilate past 7cm and eventually his oxygen levels plummeted to the point where I had to have a category 1 c-section. I was whisked into a make-shift theatre because the labour suite was in… Continue reading Blog series post #5: Birth trauma

Fertility · Health · Research

Blog series post #4: the next steps for IVF Part 2

Better late than never is the second part of my round-up of IVF news: New TAC-seq method A new molecular engineering method called TAC-seq (Targeted Allele Counting by sequencing) has been developed by researchers in Finland, Estonia and Sweden. It is hoped it will be introduced into the healthcare system this year in the form… Continue reading Blog series post #4: the next steps for IVF Part 2

family · Kids · Travel

Half term highlights

With half term coming up, there are plenty of events in the calendar to get the kids out of the house and immersed in imaginative environments. Dreamland’s first Children’s Book Festival Dreamland in Margate is hosting its first ever Children’s Book Festival on Saturday 16th February. The line-up features The Gruffalo, with Julia Donaldson and… Continue reading Half term highlights

Fertility · Health · Research

Blog series post #3: the next steps for IVF Part 1

As well as breakthroughs in miscarriage research, which I talked about in last week’s post, there has been constant progress in the field of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). It has been over 40 years since the first ‘test-tube’ baby, born in the same year as me and, since then, over 1.1 million IVF treatment cycles… Continue reading Blog series post #3: the next steps for IVF Part 1

Health · infertility · Miscarriage · Pregnancy Loss

Blog series post #2: Breakthroughs in miscarriage research

Following on from last week’s post on pregnancy loss support, many research projects are helping to make leaps forward in understanding the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of pregnancy loss, and finding new treatments for prevention. The cell-free fetal DNA study is investigating whether analysis of cell-free fetal DNA could help ascertain genetic reasons for early miscarriages. Women… Continue reading Blog series post #2: Breakthroughs in miscarriage research