birth · Health · Maternity

More midwives only half the answer

The government announced recently that more than 3,ooo places on midwifery training courses will be created over the next four years. There also been the ‘promise’ to mothers that they will be seen by the same midwife throughout labour, pregnancy and birth by 2021. It’s an admirable aim, and one that would vastly improve the… Continue reading More midwives only half the answer

family · Kids · Parenting

Sibling rivalry

These last few weeks have seen our four year old Herbie’s behaviour become more and more challenging in relation to his baby brother Gus. He will not stop deliberately hurting him, with acts of frustration such as pinching feet, hitting him on the head, ‘accidentally’ kicking him and crushing his hand. We’ve been at our… Continue reading Sibling rivalry

Health · infertility · Miscarriage · Pregnancy Loss

Europe reviews definition of recurrent miscarriage

The Miscarriage Association has highlighted the publication of the guideline Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, produced by ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology). It provides up-to-date information about investigations into and treatment for recurrent miscarriage, reviews the research evidence and makes recommendations for clinical practice, with patients’ needs paramount when considering the best way to… Continue reading Europe reviews definition of recurrent miscarriage

Health · Parenting · Sleep

Is a full night’s sleep overrated?

Sleep..it’s been on my mind a lot recently because Gus has not yet slept through the night, whilst his older brother was dutifully snoozing through from about four months. This meant I was getting hung up on what I was doing wrong with Gus to try and explain why he was different. Then I decided… Continue reading Is a full night’s sleep overrated?

Christmas · family · Parenting

Christmas stress

This Christmas was hard, really hard. I’d wanted to celebrate Gus’s first Christmas in style, but nothing went to plan. I was exhausted from the never ending roller coaster ride that was Christmas in reception class for Herbie, with Superhero Dress Up Day, three Nativity performances (two in one day), a Christmas Fair for which… Continue reading Christmas stress

family · Parenting

This week’s Top 5 winter wrangles

As the winter settles in, and weaning gets into full swing, here’s this week’s Top 5 annoyance rundown: 1. Useless de-misters: every car I’ve ever had has had a shit de-mister, and as the temperature drops I’ve resorted again to heating on full blast, windows open, hot water on windscreens and I still have to… Continue reading This week’s Top 5 winter wrangles