New Walk is the debut novel from Ellie Durant, writer of the popular blog Midwife Diaries and author of Becoming a Student Midwife: The Survival Guide for Passionate Applicants. I was lucky enough to be sent a pre-release copy to read and review by publishers Pinter & Martin. Chloe Cawthorne is carrying the weight of her mother’s … More Pre-Release Review: New Walk
Jo: Having a tough start to breastfeeding Primrose made me determined to get things right from the outset with Wilf. Almost two years of research and time spent in Facebook support groups and the La Leche League meant I was far more knowledgeable than I was first time around. In the hours after he was … More Everything You Need To Know About Tongue Tie
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.
We were absolutely gutted when our local Breastfeeding Café closed down recently. This was due to – you guessed it – Public Health funding cuts. Jo saw Ros McFadden at the Café when Primrose was 4.5 months old and anxious over slow weight gain. It was a lightbulb moment – she left feeling reassured and far more confident. At … More WBW2017: The Brand New Breastfeeding Hub app
With World Breastfeeding Week 2017 beginning today, it seems apt to kick off the week with a guest post by one of our two local LLL Leaders. Jaime (and her fellow leader, J’Nel) have been fundamental to both our breastfeeding journeys. Not only through meetings but via the LLLMK Facebook group. We are lucky to … More WBW2017: Being a La Leche League Leader
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
We started out preparing for this post by trawling through each of the party manifestos to gather information. We quickly realised that there was more vague and flowery language than in a ‘Creative Writing for Beginners’ class and every party, as always, makes pledges and promises that leave you wondering where the funding is going to come from. With … More GENERAL ELECTION: Making sense of those manifestos
I’d never heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) until my old boss came to meet Primrose and thrust the book at me. “Do this!” she told me. Usually, that kind of order would annoy me in the world of parenting, but she went on to say why… She and her husband, like Phil and I, … More Baby Led Weaning: A Beginner’s Guide
If you haven’t read Part 1 on this post, it is available here. Now, we’re fast forwarding from the point where we discovered we were having a daughter, past her birth in September 2015, up to November 2016… – We had previously agreed that, regardless of Primrose’s age, we would begin trying for another baby … More 28.02.2017 World Rare Disease Day: Our Genetics Journey, Part 2.
This Tuesday is World Rare Disease Day. It’s a poignant one for my family and many others… From a young age, I’ve known that there was a possibility of me carrying Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease (PMD), the condition that means the sufferer has no myelin that caused both my uncle and my brother to pass away in infancy. Similar … More 28.02.2017 World Rare Disease Day: Our Genetics Journey, Part 1.