When Laura contacted us about writing a guest post about her daughter, Millie, we jumped at the chance to share her story. Millie was born just before 29 weeks and this is Laura’s account of her life so far. We are in awe of both Millie’s tenacity, her parents’ strength, and the skill and dedication … More How it Feels: My Baby was Born at 28 Weeks
Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) can be frightening. When this happens pre-term (PPROM), it is an even scarier prospect. Mother Sider Chloe recently gave birth to twins and has kindly agreed to share her experience of PPROM… Over to Chloe… Walking through the arrivals terminal in Birmingham airport on our way back from a family … More How it Feels: Pregnancy with PPROM
‘One Family’s Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth’ When Brooklyn contacted me in early December regarding a review of her upcoming release, I had a backlog of books to review (AKA The Pile of Guilt) but my interest was certainly piqued… not only a positive VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean) story, but an HBAC (home … More Review: Born in the Bed you Were Made (Brooklyn James)
Hi there Mother Siders, Last time I wrote about the dilemma of deciding where is best to deliver my baby. Well, it seems that that choice may not, in fact, be ours to make. Baby is steadfastly breech. I know this because baby has its head squarely in my chest cavity and it feels like … More Once More Unto The Bre[e]ch (Natalie)
Happy New Year Mother Siders! I hope the festivities brought you all wonderful memories of your littlies enjoying themselves with family and friends. What does 2019 have in store for you? For me, 2019 brings us our second baby and a rather large milestone birthday. One of those events is obviously going to have a … More New Year, New Baby (Natalie)
Jo: I met Kirsty at pregnancy yoga and we bonded over chats about breastfeeding and hypnobirthing. Keen to get as much support with breastfeeding as possible – something I wished I’d had the sense to do during my first pregnancy – she attended an LLL meeting with me. Throughout pregnancy and beyond, I was staggered at how differently she … More Yes, I’m a Young Mum. Yes, I Intend to Breastfeed.
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)
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