If you haven’t already, do read the first part of Mother Sider Phoebe’s post here. She has written these two brilliant posts for us as part of Deaf Awareness Week 2017. Back to Phoebe… I have dated hearing guys in the past and struggled, especially when we were with their friends as they would talk … More How it feels: A Deaf Mama’s Journey through Pregnancy, Labour and Motherhood
Yesterday saw the start of Deaf Awareness Week, which sees multiple organisations participating each year, in order to raise awareness and understanding. Each of them focuses on a different theme or area of importance. For example, The UK Council on Deafness are using it to ‘Celebrate’ collaborations on Awareness, Education, Employment, Information, Services and Prevention, and … More How it feels: Growing up deaf
When I hear stories from friends who work in primary schools about ‘Nurture Groups’, it makes my heart weep. Young children who need to be taught to smile and how to be affectionate, or show emotion, not because they’ve experienced a life changing event and are traumatised, but because they haven’t been shown affection at … More Our messed up society AKA The suppression of maternal instinct.
When asked if we were prepared for our impending new arrivals, we were similar in our responses: – Yes, all prepared for the labour, thanks to our hypnobirth sessions. – Yes, we have a car seat and a pram and the nursery is almost ready. – Yes, we have lots of lovely clothes all freshly … More Ready, Steady… Boob!
Time for a slightly different kind of guest post today. Charley is a good friend of Jo’s and MUA extraordinaire! Whilst we salute any mamas who go make up free, neither of us feel ‘human’ without a swirl of blusher to bring some colour to our cheeks, and Jo can’t really cope without mascara(!) In addition … More Good Morning Sunshine!
Mother Sider Kelly is due her second baby any day now. The excitement of her impending new arrival has been overshadowed by the fact she hasn’t enjoyed her pregnancy at all. The fact that she and her baby are both healthy has made her feel terribly guilty. Pregnancy is a physical and emotional rollercoaster. Your baby … More How it Feels: To hate being pregnant.
Something has to be wrong when staying at home to raise your children is regarded as a “luxury”. Women should have the choice to be the mothers they want to be. Free from guilt. Free from financial constraints. Free from criticism. And valued for their work. But that’s just not happening, and it’s getting worse. … More Undervalued. Unsupported. And under pressure to “do it all”
I remember reading this article when Primrose was about 9 months old. I felt like I’d come out the other side of the anxiety I’d been struggling with and was finally relaxing (most of the time) into motherhood. I wanted to hug the author and congratulate her on her ‘the strength is in asking for … More The Invaluable Asset of a ‘Mayday Mama’.
Everyone tells you having children is a life-changer. But no one can prepare you for the biggest change – what happens to your identity when you become a mother. If you’d have asked me in the lead up to my due date if I was ready for our baby’s arrival, I’d have answered you in … More Who am I? A mum’s identity crisis
Women are good for business. It’s that simple. Companies with higher female board representation perform better financially (HR Magazine, 2016) thus, employing more women increases the growth of global economies (IMF, 2016). Big stuff! Yet, despite these startlingly clear benefits, women at all levels – mothers in particular – are routinely discriminated against, inadequately supported, and/or made … More Why mothers are great for the workplace