birth · Health · Maternity · Perinatal Mental Health

Maternal Mental Health Week 2018

Today marks the end of the second UK Maternal Mental Health Week, led by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership. World Maternal Mental Health Day on Wednesday’s focus on ‘The Village’ emphasised the importance of giving access to the information and help that new mothers need. Much of the work needs to start with how we… Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Week 2018

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

Baby Loss · Health · Research

Tommy’s #SleepOnSide campaign

An important message has been discussed this week as newly-released research has prompted a #SleepOnSide campaign by Tommy’s that advises women to go to sleep on their side during the third trimester of pregnancy to reduce the risk of stillbirth. Having had early losses, I can’t imagine the pain of stillbirth, and there are some… Continue reading Tommy’s #SleepOnSide campaign

birth · Health · Pregnancy after loss

When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (Part 2)

Once I was transferred to the post natal ward, I was put into bay ‘B4’. That was what was written on my notes, and my name was not even noted down above my bed. The experience on the ward with my first son had been noisy and stressful so another request of mine had been… Continue reading When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (Part 2)

80s · Films · Poetry · pregnancy

80s films you won’t believe I haven’t seen

So my husband has been mocking me recently because of the long list of really popular 80s films I’ve never seen. So to keep myself occupied whilst I wait for baby to arrive, I decided to write a little poem all about it. I’ve not seen: Die Hard or Halloween Rocky or Rambo Any of… Continue reading 80s films you won’t believe I haven’t seen

Health · pregnancy · Research

Saving lives with placenta donation 

I’d never heard about placenta donation until about a year ago when I saw someone on TV discussing it. I had no idea that the cord blood of the placenta is one of the richest sources of stem cells and every day it is routinely thrown away in the UK. It can be used to… Continue reading Saving lives with placenta donation 

Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy after loss

Heading into Christmas

So I had my dating scan this week and everything looked as it should, which was good news. I get so jittery beforehand and have to close my eyes and be told all is ok before I can open them. I explained to the sonographer about the clinical trial I was part of. I often… Continue reading Heading into Christmas