Motherhood

Mothering The Mother - The Key To Raising Breastfeeding Rates?

Amy Brown | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Mothering the mother is a phrase often heard during pregnancy and birth. Look after the mother, care for her, support her emotional needs ... and she will feel more empowered to grow, birth and care for her baby. A phrase (and actions) that makes so much sense and is seen in many cultures across the world.

Parenting Is Hard When You Aren't On The Same Page

Rylee Venables | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Parents
Rylee Venables

When we fell pregnant it obviously opened us up to having some raw and honest conversations. For example... what sort of parents did we want to be? How would we raise our daughter? What was really important to us? What values did we want to instil in this tiny human we would be responsible for crafting?

The Science Of Safer Pregnancy: How Mini 'Placentas On A Chip' May Help Us Understand Pre-eclampsia

Dr Colin Murdoch | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Colin Murdoch

The placenta is the gatekeeper for a foetus, allowing a mother's nutrients to pass in one direction while waste passes back into the mother's bloodstream. It produces hormones to encourage foetal growth and offers protection against most bacteria, although not against viruses.

The Mum Glow Is A Lie

Rylee Venables | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Parents
Rylee Venables

When you are nearing the 40 week mark and desperately praying for your small human to start the evacuation process... there is nothing that feels glamorous about being swollen, tired and stretched.

What To Do When Your Toddler Is Impatient

Kylie Abreu | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

When you first have a child it is human nature to put their needs above all else. I remember feeling like there was nothing more important than my baby. He needed feeding, I would feed on demand. He needed cuddling and comforting, I would drop everything and make sure he knew I was there.

I Will Never Forget

Jessica Smith | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

It's taken me months to sit down and write about my experience with loss and grief. An experience that so many women go through, yet for whatever reason, seldom talk about. 2016 was a hard year, personally and professionally. But in October last year things started to look brighter, I found out that I was pregnant with my second child.

Making Sense Of My Fraught Transition To Motherhood

Sam Wright | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Wright

When we started our journey to parenthood we were busy in good careers, happy in marriage, young, fresh and keen. Like many, we rejoiced in the set of double blue lines on the pregnancy stick. We told our nearest and dearest, and booked the relevant medical appointments.

Is Post-Natal Depression A Millennial Issue? Thoughts For World Mental Health Day

Emily Tredget | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Tredget

You wouldn't be alone in wondering whether PND was an illness of the millennial generation as they start to become mothers - with the statistic that mental health issues effects 1 in 5 mums (and 1 in 10 dads) but most of the baby boomers not having come across many mums who struggled in their time.

Why Parenting Challenges Your Purpose

Sophia Walker | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

While any parent I know would agree that having children was the single best decision in their life, they would also admit that they've had to say goodbye to the life they once had. This isn't always a bad thing, and in some ways, I secretly revel in the thought of not having to make an effort on Saturday nights anymore!

Every Three Weeks I Let Cancer Win A Battle

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

Sometimes I imagine my cancer as a stationmaster. A faceless man striding up and down the platform, checking his watch and blowing his whistle before The Last Train For Survival inches away.

Am I Even A Woman Anymore?

Carly Crawford | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Parents
Carly Crawford

Last month I had to go and get my fingerprints taken. Unfortunately, the machine was struggling to read my prints. Apparently, this is quite common and the lady operating it suggested I put some hand-cream on as this makes it easier for the machine to scan the prints, as she gestured to my oversized handbag, fully expecting me to whip some out!

Embracing The Title Of Stay At Home Mother

Laurie Morrissey | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Laurie Morrissey

When I had my daughter, I relaxed a little more into the role. Maybe I felt that having two children, and the doubling of work that entailed, was more worthy of my staying at home. Perhaps with two I could now justify the breaks I crave, the exhaustion I feel and the money I spend.

Acceptance: The Key To Happiness In Early Motherhood

Lauren Vaknine | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Vaknine

Immediately after announcing a pregnancy or giving birth, after the obligatory oohs and aahs and coos have been inflicted, there will inevitably come the slew of unwanted advice ... from every person you've ever known.

Reclaiming My Power After PND

Yvette Mystakas | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents
Yvette Mystakas

One morning I woke up, and the fogginess was gone. For the first time in almost five years, a part of my post natal depression diminished. I could see clearer. The days were not completely cloudy and rainy anymore. As I looked outside at my surroundings, the sun's rays streamed through, making everything I saw look brighter

Five Reasons You Need Mum Friends

Emily Tredget | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Tredget

Not stuck at work an hours commute away. They can pop round at a moment's notice (well maybe not quite a moment - it's not easy getting a baby out at lightning speed!) So when your baby has pooed through ALL your nappies in one morning, they can drop some spares rounds.

What Is Sleeping Through The Night? Why New Parents Get Little Sleep And How You Can Get A Few More Zzzzs

Sarah Beeson MBE | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Beeson MBE

Newborn babies are all about feeding, feeding, feeding and they don't know what time of day or night it is. Their urgent need for milk at all-hours means in the early weeks of parenthood there is not a lot of sleeping for anybody.

Warning: Memories Fade

Carly Crawford | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
Carly Crawford

Sometimes memories flash up on my Facebook of my beautiful girls, looking happy, having fun. Sometimes I'm in the picture with them, mostly not. I often struggle to remember that precise day or moment, and I wonder to myself, "Does that make me a bad mom?" 

Is Letting Your Baby Feed Themselves The Secret To A Happy, Healthier Eater?

Amy Brown | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

But what if there was a different way? What if babies didn't need a timetable and special foods and books seemingly complicating what parents have been doing for thousands of years? Well it's already here, having quietly crept into the baby feeding world around ten years ago and gathering speed and tens of thousands of followers ever since.

You're Everything I Never Imagined And More

Maggie Murray | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

Honestly, I say I wouldn't change Oliver for the world. It's something all parents say isn't it? Regardless of whether your child has additional needs or not.  But I would change him.  I'd change him in a heartbeat. Does that make me a bad mum?  Does it make me selfish?  Quite possibly.  Most definitely.

Why The 'Insta-Mum Backlash' Is A Positive Thing

Helen Bryce | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

So, I say high five to all those Insta-mums (aka business women providing for their families and sharing stories and making themselves heard) keep going. I imagine that it really stings when those you feel are your tribe are the first to criticise but take the Daily Mail headline as yet another example that you are leading the way.

What Every Mum Should Have At The Top Of Their To Do List

Olivia Siegl | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

Once upon a time there was a woman who wanted a child. She had longed for this child for years. This woman had always known she had wanted to be a mother and was sure with every fibre in her body that she was going to be a great one

Yes, I Artificially Feed My Baby

Holly Leppard | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

It was playing on my mind for months, I was enraged at the cold, dehumanising term so I wanted to check I wasn't misinterpreting the word or overreacting. Out came my trusty Oxford Dictionary which provided me with the following definition:

Cancer: A Series Of Compromises I Don't Want To Make

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

Then there are the ones that cut really deeply, like the immovable oncology appointment that means I won't be able to pick Jess up after her first day next Monday, not to mention the months and months of watching my children's faces dissolve into tears when I tell them that I can't play with them again because I'm feeling poorly.

A Letter To My New Mum Self

Anya Hayes | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Parents
Anya Hayes

Labouring for over two days ended in the call for a category one (highest level) emergency caesarean. Nothing in my mental preparation had imagined my birthing room being suddenly rushed by medical staff with such a sense of urgency and panic, being sped down a corridor on a trolley to be prepped for surgery and have your baby pulled out within 15 minutes of the call being made.

Body Shaming

Stacey Oakes | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

As I was tagged in the photograph I was also receiving notifications of comments on this photograph of us beaming and relaxed at our friend's celebration. Most comments were complimentary and kind but after I had a notification from one of Adam's colleagues whom I have never met, my confidence was shattered in one click.