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Lauren Vaknine

Previously disabled writer, blogger, campaigner, nutritionist and earth mama

In 2010 I wrote and published a book called My Enemy, My Friend, which tells the story of my childhood with rheumatoid arthritis, how I was wheelchair-bound by eighteen, and how I eventually overcame it with diet, holistic therapies and a complete lifestyle overhaul. Since then I have been writing natural health-related articles for a range of publications. I have spoken at hospitals, medical conferences and in Parliament about natural health and the importance of taking healthcare into our own hands. Becoming a mother in 2015 prompted me to start writing about natural parenting in an attempt to share my alternative approach. I run a health-food and lifestyle blog at and am in the process of editing my first novel. (Publishers apply here!) I'm also trustee of the British Homeopathic Association, patient spokesperson for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and a member of and contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Health. I actively campaign with The Arnica Network and The Informed Parent for informed choice for parents and transparency of information regarding vaccine safety, and with 4Homeopathy and PGIH to keep CAM on the NHS. I am an AfN certified nutritionist. I live in London with my husband, our son and our dog, Milo. I love reading, writing, baking (and eating), and travelling. I’m also a sucker for conversation, obviously.

Acceptance: The Key To Happiness In Early Motherhood

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.
04/10/2017 12:05 BST

The Paradox Of Building A Career Whilst Trying To Be A Present Mother

I need to accept that it's actually okay to want something for myself, that it doesn't mean I love him any less. And that my novel might take a little (a lot) longer to finish, but these early years pass so quickly and I need to be present and make the most of them before they are just a distant memory that I wish I could get back.
27/07/2017 16:31 BST

Why I Don't Agree That 'Perfect' Mothers Like Beyonce Are 'Amazing'

These so-called 'supermum' celebrities being photographed with their toned physiques and perfect hair and immaculate make up, wearing jeans and heels four weeks after giving birth, splashed across every newspaper and online forum you can imagine, only makes normal mums, the ones who are actually doing their very best for their babies <em>themselves</em>, feel like failures when in fact, they are really the supermums.
16/07/2017 16:42 BST

By Removing Sugary Drinks From Hospital Shops We Are Simply Masking A Bigger Problem

Despite the government's miseducation, we are fortunate enough to live in an age where information is available wherever we are on the planet, at the touch of a button. We are hearing about the dangers of increased sugar consumption everywhere, so why are people choosing to give refined sugar to their children, especially when there are so many alternatives? There really is no excuse anymore to be shovelling this rubbish into our children.
07/05/2017 21:09 BST

The Complete Guide To Packing When Travelling With A Baby

We recently embarked on a mini road-trip around Florida. It's hard enough packing for a baby when staying in one place, but when you're travelling around, it's even harder. Suffice to say we did it and survived! So I thought I'd compile a list of how exactly to pack, the order in which to do it, and everything you need.
12/04/2017 12:42 BST

How The Media Are Gearing Us Up For Traumatic Birth Experiences

Don't get me wrong, my labour was long and it was hard work, that's why it's called labour. But it was the most incredible experience of my life and I'm so glad I did the research beforehand to enable me to re-evaluate everything I'd ever been told about birth and to therefore switch off from the negativity surrounding the subject and be able to believe that it could be a positive experience.
19/03/2017 20:52 GMT

To The Mother Of The High-Need Baby - You Are Not Alone

For you, half an hour seems like an eternity. You can't imagine the day where your baby might play on his own for half an hour while you tend to chores and cook - one less thing you'd have to do in the evening. But he won't play on his own. He needs his mummy to be near. He needs to feel you.
23/02/2017 16:32 GMT

Seven Things You Should Never Say To People Going Through IVF

People going through fertility treatment don't want sympathy; what we want is validation of our feelings, validation of the flurry of emotions that are stirred up in us as we embark upon one of the most difficult things we'll ever endure. We need to know that you get how hard it is, even if you haven't been through it yourself...
09/02/2017 16:26 GMT

Why It's Okay For Mums To Ask For Help

But hold on a second. What if I <em>do </em>need it?? What if by believing for so long that I am a coper and that I can 'just deal with' having a child who hasn't slept for 15 months, I've exhausted myself even more?
26/01/2017 13:14 GMT

Why Do We Choose To Have Children?

I don't disagree with my husband that there probably is within us a subconscious, animalistic desire to procreate. I think there is much more to it than that, and only after having a baby myself and going through that first tumultuous year of parenthood can I understand the real driving force behind why we choose to have children.
12/01/2017 16:51 GMT