Category Archives: Birth

Book Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

If someone says “pregnancy”, what’s the first book you think of? I’m going to guess nine out of ten people will say What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It has sold over 14 million copies worldwide and has been around for 25 years. In the States they like to call it “the pregnancy bible”. But is it any good – and is it worth your money? Continue reading Book Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What new mothers really need

I wrote an article for my business blog last year called 10 great tips for grandmothers to support new parents, which – even if I do say so myself! – I think gives a good comprehensive guide of dos and don’ts for any family member, not just grandmothers, looking for advice in supporting a family with a new baby. Actually, to be honest, it isn’t really for people “looking for advice” per se. It was more written for parents or parents-to-be who think they might have a problematic family member on their hands when the baby comes and it’s really for a “I’ll just leave this there, in case you might stumble across it all by yourself on my timeline” kinda way. Continue reading What new mothers really need

10 conversations a celebrity mum has before THAT post partum appearance

The Duchess of Cambridge emerged from the doors of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London today to greet the international press just hours after giving birth to her baby girl. The royal baby had arrived! She looked resplendent. Her hair, make up, outfit were all fabulous. She even donned a pair of high heels. She was a picture of new mother health and wellness, with that glow of “look what I did!” as she held her newborn and waved to the hordes of waiting photographers. Continue reading 10 conversations a celebrity mum has before THAT post partum appearance

The decision

I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me I’d probably need a cerclage before I had any more babies. In fact, so completely in disbelief was I, that I threw possibly the biggest public display of rage I’ve ever had in my life. She got a fright. I have a feeling that probably doesn’t happen to her everyday. I thought my appointment with her was just a formality in a series of formalities and instead here she was telling me that I had a higher than average chance of giving birth to a preterm baby unless there was some kind of intervention. Continue reading The decision