You want to give birth in the corner of your bedroom in complete darkness whilst munching on rich tea biscuits? Do it. You want to book in to the Portland and receive a tummy tuck immediately after your planned cesarean? Have a fabulous time. These are empowering decisions that every woman should be able to make, and if it makes them feel powerful and in control and makes them feel like a warrior, well that's bloody amazing!
In regards to "giving the baby away"; I will never be giving the baby away. I will be giving the baby back. Back to their parents where they will be loved and so wanted. I am currently 23 weeks pregnant with my second child and, provided the rest of this pregnancy and labour goes well, I will be looking to start my surrogacy journey next year.
We drove around for hours, tears rolled down our cheeks, crying together; for you, for us, for what we had and what could have been. We pulled up on the moors and watched the burnt red and orange sunset; like a poppy painted into the sky until it disappeared. We could feel you with us.
I can't wait to get to know you, my hopes say. I can't wait to see your little legs kicking - I can't wait to try and decipher the messages your eyes are sending me. I feel your fingers tightening around my own - don't worry - I am here. I am always here. Just be patient.
Or at least if they don't know the answers straight away, they will in the end. It's not easy to process the reality that they can't always figure things out. That there are unknowns and sometimes - no matter how many tests - some syndromes are so rare they are a needle-in-a-haystack hard to find.
It seems that despite being registered with Ofsted and delivering a curriculum just like nurseries and pre-schools, many parents don't know they can access funded childcare places from a childminder and many local authorities are failing to embrace childminding as part of their local childcare offer.
The true measure of this will, of course, be different for all parents. Some will feel they've been good parents if their kids get into Harvard. Others will feel they've been good parents if Junior can produce a passable rendition of Happy Birthday with armpit farts. So I'll answer for me.
Accept what's happened. Our babies weren't meant to live on this earth. They came for a little while and then they had to leave. Accepting that your baby has passed is one of strongest things you will ever do. It allows you space to breath, to move forwards and to cherish what you did have, while you had it.
Family hotels need to exist more throughout Europe but until they do, I suggest doing your research well, sticking to the ones with the facilities and getting some well-earned relaxation and fun all round. This is even more important for the skiers where you simply can't be in two places at once.
What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.
It's difficult to rouse myself as his cry pierces through the silence, and I beg him to go back to sleep, without daring to glance at the time. At every single wake up I wish we were formula feeding so that my husband could get up and deal with him, leaving me to roll over and go back to sleep.
In some form or another we all have a routine of some kind in our daily lives. From how we get ready for the day to how we move through it and how we end it. For me routine starts when I open my eyes getting myself ready and the girls all ready for the day ahead takes the same form everyday
Try to do this with mediation rather than litigation. If you can manage it this way, you're more likely to be able to have an amicable relationship afterwards, which is pretty mission critical to coparenting. It also just costs far less money. If money isn't really an issue, then litigation might be necessary, but if you can mediate, I recommend trying it.