How it feels: A Deaf Mama’s Journey through Pregnancy, Labour and Motherhood

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

How it feels: Growing up deaf

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

Our messed up society AKA The suppression of maternal instinct.

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.

Undervalued. Unsupported. And under pressure to “do it all”

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”

Why mothers are great for the workplace

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