'I want them to treat us with the same care and concern that they show white women and children.'
Last week my partner gave birth to our daughter in our living room - the culmination of a pregnancy that was extraordinary only because we received the highest quality of personalised care - all from the NHS.
Early on in my midwifery training I was surprised to learn just how rich a learning environment your womb provides for your baby throughout pregnancy. Your baby's health and wellbeing throughout life is crucially affected during your pregnancy.
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
At the same time as you are giving a long and wide-ranging do and don't list, you are tired, possibly nauseous, and being told to relax. Relax. While Googling your shopping list for safety. Nil by mouth suddenly looks like a good option - especially with the regular lectures about maintaining a healthy weight.
I know that you want the best for your precious baby. You've spent nine gruelling months providing a safe and comfortable home for the life you and your partner created together. The physical changes, aches and pains and the emotional rollercoaster ride is a challenge for even the most straightforward of pregnancies.
Since 2002, Maternity Worldwide has worked to reduce the number of women dying or injured in childbirth in three Sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda. We have a strong focus on sustainability and work with local health professionals and communities to ensure the safety of both mother and child.
The first few weeks and months with a newborn baby are challenging to say the least. After having my son, I spent most of those first 12 weeks in a dark hole, mentally. I bathed in feelings of hopelessness, worry and neediness.
How can a woman survive Ebola and then die in childbirth? Easily, if you live in a low-income country where there are big
Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.