5 Ideas for Birthday Gifts

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October seems to be the month of birthdays amongst our families and friends. It can be hard to think of things that they don’t already own and won’t simply become ‘land fill.’ An obvious idea is to give ‘experiences’ rather than material gifts – perhaps a voucher for a meal […]

8 Reasons Kids Should Play Outside in All Weathers

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My kids undoubtably NEED time outside – without fresh air and space to breath they alternate between extreme grouchiness and hyper activity. There is absolutely no doubt that they have both benefitted from attending nurseries that have prioritised time outdoors through forest kindergarten schemes and my policies insisting on time outdoors. Today, […]

The Home Birth

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Happy Mother’s Day! This week has been all about sharing birth stories of all varieties – celebrating that we have the freedom of choice here in the UK and should be empowered within that choice. It’s so disheartening to hear of people not being respected in that view, but equally, […]

The One That Came Early

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Today I am continuing to share birth stories in the run up to Mother’s Day – so for this one, I’d say grab a cup of tea/coffee and settle down for a read. Kim’s honesty here is just perfection in my book. It’s the acknowledgment that everyone is different and there […]

An Appreciation for Gas and Air

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In a continued celebration of motherhood, today I’m sharing a birth story from my friend Nicola. I can totally relate to so many aspects of her story but especially initially brushing off being in labour! With Thomas, I was so absolute in my certainty that no baby is born on their […]

The Birth That Didn’t Go To Plan

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There is no doubt that giving brith is a life changing event. Whatever the outcome, and however birth unfolds, I believe that each birth is unique and personal to each of us. Some labours can be counted as ‘good’ or ‘planned’ whilst others, just seem to be firmly in the world of […]

Would you consider being a surrogate?

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Watching friends struggle with infertility, miscarriage and the pain of IVF is without a doubt heartbreaking. It’s impossible not to feel a little guilty that we’ve had children with ease when others cannot. But I cannot, in a million years, imagine being a surrogate. Perhaps it’s because the people who […]