This post is from a Mother Sider who would like to remain anonymous. We’re sure that when you read it, you’ll understand why. It is a shocking indictment of the sorry state of funding for postnatal health in the UK and another example of why ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’ isn’t a helpful … More How it Feels: Incontinence after Childbirth
Mother Sider Jenny was determined to breastfeed. As we’re all aware, parenting is a total rollercoaster and things don’t always happen in the ways we expect. This posts highlights the lack of support women sometimes receive in protecting their ongoing breastfeeding journey when their babies require supplementation. Rory is approaching his first birthday and this … More WBW2018: My Unexpected Journey in Combination Feeding
For #MaternalMentalHealth Week 2018. Spend more than ten minutes with any new mama and the subject of GUILT is bound to arise. It is something I was wholly unprepared for and, alongside the anxiety I felt postnatally, it hit me like a freight train. At times, it was completely overwhelming – I felt destined for … More The G Word
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
This is a bittersweet post for me. As ever with raising children, some days feel incredibly tough, none more so than those that make up the ‘Fourth Trimester’ (the first three months of your baby’s life). However, I look back on the past three (and a bit) months and wonder where they went. Already, Wilf … More Farewell, Fourth Trimester
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?
Close friends and family know that this is close to the top of my list of ‘bloody irritating questions’, along with a) ‘Is he/she a good baby?’, b)’How is he/she sleeping?’ and c)’When are you going back to work?’ (Answers: a) What the chuff is a ‘bad’ baby?! b) Like a baby and c) If/when I want … More ‘But when is your actual due date?’: The EDD and intervention obsession.