Earlier this year the Equality and Human Rights Commission, finally published their robust and detailed report on pregnancy and maternity discriminati...
I know you can't see past the nausea at the moment, but even if it lasts the entire nine months (which I sincerely hope it doesn't), you know already how fast the time passes. Before you know it you'll have that bubba in your arms, life will be very different and the sickness will be long forgotten.
Can I be honest? I feel like that person. You know, the scientist at mission control after the rocket has launched and is successfully in orbit? Everyone else is dancing around, cracking out the Whiskey. The camera pans back to me. I'm still chewing my finger nails looking at the screen on my desk making rapid calculations on a yellow pad.
One in four people worldwide are affected by mental disorders; and one in two people worldwide are poor. Often these are the same people.
Miscarriage is a personal experience. People share feelings, of course they do, but I don't want an identikit card on my bookcase from my next door neighbour after losing Bella at six months to the next woman from her mum on losing her baby at six weeks.
An IUGR pregnancy is not straight forward. It is not relaxed, or enjoyable. It is not one of the most special times of your life. Instead, it is filled with unanswered questions, stress and worry. It is fragile. It is complicated. This is what an IUGR pregnancy is really like.
I didn't want to write this as a "ways to cope" post, because what would annoy me the most during the darkest days was advice about what would make me feel better...but ultimately didn't help (yep, lemon tea and ginger biscuits can do one).
Finding out that my wife Mair had breast cancer was a huge shock for all of us who loved her. At 41, she was vibrant, full of energy and had shown no...
I am about to out myself as a horrible person. As far as irrational anger goes, I'll be the first to admit that I veer dangerously to intolerance. Hating people who take a bus for one stop, or my instant distrust of food labelled as 'guilt free snacking' is hard to rationalise. But I think that wanting to destroy all 'baby on board' badges is something that I can justify.
(All photos courtesy of Sam and Angela Crowley) I suppose it's just part of the human condition to expect that things will always go as planned an...
I have friends, couples who only need to smile at each other and a baby is on the way. Some who are shocked that they got pregnant so quickly and express feeling underprepared. Meanwhile others have to wait for what feels like an eternity.
Our friends went to our house and hid the pregnancy books, which I'd been reading just the night before we lost her. They took down the congratulations cards from the bookcase. My husband steeled himself to put the little pink dresses and frilly babygrows in the attic, so I wouldn't see them in the spare room.
As the surgeon who did my caesarean explained why I should have an emergency caesarian she looked almost like an angel to me. Within twenty minutes, my son was born.
If Laura wants to return to her job after four months then why the hell shouldn't she? I'm sure that it won't be easy and there will be times when, however strong she is, she'll cry in the work loos because she misses her baby so much. However there is no reason that she will do any less of a good job than a male counterpart in the same position.
Laura Wade-Gery's announcement is an unprecedented event for new times. This is the future ladies and gents. More and more women will become mothers in their 50s. And why not? 50 isn't even old anymore, especially if you think that many of us could well reach 100, fit and healthily.
It matters if you buy a house, get engaged, get married and have a baby in that order. But it matters more if you don't. They are the reason my colleague's face drops when she sees pictures of her friends with houses and husbands on Facebook, while she raises her son in a rented flat with her boyfriend.