March 5th -11th is Hip Health Week, run by Steps Charity Worldwide to raise awareness of hip instability in 15% of babies born each year. Tonight, Mother Sider Fen shares her account of daughter Ida’s birth and subsequent diagnosis with DDH, and the months that followed… “OK. I’m going to ask you to take a … More How It Feels: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
Despite the WHO’s recommendation that donated breast milk is the next best alternative to breastfeeding your own baby, many people don’t know that it is an option. Others find it strange, which seems odd, given that we rely on others for blood donations, stem cells, bone marrow and organs. There are currently 17 milk banks … More How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor
We are BIG fans of Sketchy Muma here at TFTMS. She always seems to release an image at *just* the right moment to resonate with our current mood or feelings. Anna has been so kind in letting us use her sketches to accompany some of our posts and her work has provided Jo with the … More Q&A with Anna Lewis AKA ‘Sketchy Muma’
As many of you will know, both Lauren and Jo took hypnobirthing classes with The Wise Hippo. Whilst there are practitioners throughout the UK, we both used Kirsty at Fertile Future (Buckingham, UK). It goes without saying, therefore, that we are huge proponents of the practice, as we both felt we had ‘the right birth(s) on the … More Everything you need to know about hypnobirthing.
Jo used to work with Sam, and they were due within weeks of each other. Having someone to chat all things pregnancy with was brilliant, but Sam had the added hurdle of managing Gestational Diabetes – something neither of them had much awareness of prior to pregnancy. Here, Sam writes frankly about her experience and … More How it Feels: Gestational Diabetes (GD)
“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
Today marks the final day of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2017 and tonight sees the annual ‘Wave of Light’, where candles are lit to remember all babies who passed too soon. Tonight’s post is by Mother Sider and good friend of Jo’s, Becca, who has two fantastic boys – Jack and Ben. Sadly, however, she lost … More How it Feels: The Loss of Twins
Depending on which study you read, parents of three or more children are the happiest. But sometimes the prospect of adding to a clan of one or two is enough to scare some parents into remission. Kath, a working mum-of-three, once said to the Mother Side’s Lauren that going from one to two children is … More 5 reasons why going from 2 to 3 kids isn’t as scary as you’d think
Over 3.5 million people in the UK are estimated to experience infertility, and 60,000 fertility treatments are administered each year. Our guest post comes from a Mother Sider who has been on an incredibly long and emotional journey to have children. After the birth of her firstborn through IVF, and six subsequent failed IVF rounds … More How it feels: Donor eggs and IVF
Over 100 people in the UK are diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) every week, and a majority of these are women. We tried several times to write the intro to this guest piece and just couldn’t find the words. Quite simply, this is one mum’s inspiring and empowering story on being a mother while suffering an … More How it feels: motherhood and MS