Grief, anxiety, loneliness, fear, sadness, anger… children feel these emotions just as we do, though are unlikely to realise what they’re feeling, and almost certainly cannot verbalise them. Without an outlet for their emotions, their behaviour can appear erratic and out of keeping with their character, just as ours does when we try to bottle … More 13 Books to Help Children Process Complex Emotions
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
Alongside our homebirth preparations, trying to prepare Primrose for the baby’s arrival and gearing up for the actual birth of this baby, the postpartum stage of pregnancy has been at the forefront of my mind. Those of you who’ve been with us since the early days of Tales from the Mother Side may remember my … More Preparing for a Positive Postpartum.
Having followed Milli Hill and The Positive Birth Movement online for quite some time, I was incredibly excited about the release of this, her first book, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t imagine there’s a single pregnant woman who won’t benefit from reading The Positive Birth Book (available from Pinter & Martin and other good … More Review: The Positive Birth Book
When we initially discussed writing this blog, it was primarily to help other mums-to-be and new mums with breastfeeding. It can be so ruddy hard, especially in those early days and, if the support isn’t readily available, it is understandable that so many ladies switch to formula within days of their baby being born. So, why … More Breastfeeding: Nipple Shields, Slow Weight Gain and Nursing Whilst Pregnant
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
Today’s guest post comes courtesy of a Mother Sider who has asked to remain anonymous as, apart from her husband, nobody knows of her experience. Sadly, the stigma associated with abortion means many woman are unable to confide in their friends and family – often for cultural or religious reasons (as is the case here), … More How it Feels: Abortion
Ever heard of LMPs, EDDs or rhesus -/+? We hadn’t, either. Pregnancy is filled with more jargon and indecipherable acronyms than a Government White Paper and can confuse even the most savvy and informed mamas. So, here is our A-Z of pregnancy. We hope it’s helpful and are happy to receive any suggestions for further … More The A-Z of Pregnancy
In my head, this post title was followed by no words at all. In reality, it actually just looked like the post hadn’t uploaded, so here we are. So, why the blank space/no words? Because, quite simply, the pursuit of perfectionism, as a mother, is an unachievable goal. In chasing it, you are setting yourself … More Being The Perfect Mother.