New Motherhood Truths…

I always get frustrated that as soon as you are pregnant, people instantly offer up their (unrequested) birth stories, telling you everything that went wrong, how awful it is and how you should listen to the doctors and do everything they say. I feel it is a disservice to childbirth and the incredible experience it

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What Is Babywearing?

I am a Babywearing Peer Supporter, having trained with the School of Babywearing. I have a range of carriers (ring slings, stretchy wraps, woven wraps and buckle carriers) that I can support you in trying out, to discover which option may be best for you and your family. Babywearing International defines babywearing as: “Babywearing is

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When Others Don’t Love Your Choices…

Parenting is full of a myriad of choices. All individual to you and your family. Even before you reach the parenting journey, pregnancy is full of decisions and options for you to choose. Assuming you don’t choose anything illegal, or are harming those around you, no-one can decide what is best for you and your

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Why I Do What I Do…

One of my favourite birth quotes is by Barbara Katz Rothman, a sociology professor and author of many pregnancy, labour and motherhood books: “Birth is not just about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” Those two phrases that I have emphasised

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What Birth Means To Me

Birth means allowing a woman and her motherly instincts to guide the process. Birth is supporting a woman in listening to her body and the signs it is giving her. I believe each baby chooses their journey. Birth is believing that your body is doing exactly what it needs to for this baby and this

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Freedom For Birth…

Last night, like thousands of others around the world I attended a screening of “Freedom For Birth”. I met some wonderful people with beautiful souls. It only saddens me that we met over a film that shows the truth of birth worldwide – and that that truth is that women are being denied the basic right

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The Birth I Want…

Today’s post is a guest post by Vicky Taylor, who is part of a UK Non-Profit Organisation called The Birth I Want. Their aim is to build a picture of current midwifery care across the UK, and make our voices heard about the birth that we want. Has birth ever been so far from women-centered?

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Bonding With Your Baby…

So originally, this was meant to be a post on connection with your instincts as a mother, but whilst researching for this blog post, I realised there is something else that needs to be addressed first – bonding with your baby. I wanted to talk about responding instinctually to your baby, but what about the

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Connection With Yourself…

This post may not seem very pregnancy or birth related, but these first few posts are all related, and to me are the basic foundations. Connecting with yourself enables you to be better in tune with your mothering instincts, which in turn allows you to build a stronger connection with your child. Are you connected

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Connection…

There are so many things to think about during your pregnancy, so many things to plan, to decide, to buy. What to eat, what to avoid, which tests to have, whether to have ultrasound scans, where you want to give birth, what kind of pain relief you would like, who you would like around you

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