So as we approach the start of the fair-weather open water swimming season, I thought I should record what it was like for me last year, and give those who want it some of my still-very-much-a-novice advice about tackling swimming without sides to hold on to every 25 metres!
Recently I hosted a #BabyLossHour with guest, Kate Pinney, a Tommys Midwife and Health Visitor. I invited Kate alone as the Health Visitor voice is one we don't really hear from in regards to baby loss and I wanted to explore that a little more. As always, whenever after care is discussed - it was … Continue reading Aftercare in the Community after the Loss of a Baby : Anecdotes for GPs, Midwives and Health Visitors
This week, I attended the NHS England Better Births Three Years On Event and share Leo and Eli's story. The event saw the annual review of the 2016 Better Births paper, aimed at improving maternity services in England. Over 500 people were in attendance across maternity, obstetric, neonatal and other related services together with families … Continue reading Better Births 2019 : Safety, Trust and Care
Every week, bereaved parents affected by Baby Loss get together on Twitter and chat about various topics about life after baby loss. We do this through my twitter chat, #BabyLossHour. A recent topic was 'how to support a bereaved parent' - something that no doubt many people have typed into Google in a quest to answer one of the most challenging encounters of friendship (or other such relationships).
Three. I'd sum three up as bloody surreal. I mean, it's all surreal but with each year, that feeling gets stronger. I think the distance makes the memories that bit more sketchy, and far less tangible. 'Three' is not the 6lb 4oz newborn that we said goodbye to. 'Three' is not the baby we'd dreamed … Continue reading Leo Phoenix is Three!
"My aim is to get the best result for my clients, help them get the answers they deserve, drive up standards and raise awareness." Charlotte, from @knightsinjury for the #ItStillTakesAVillage Blog Series. @cmooresolicitor
oughout the entire series, what has struck me is the amount of people that have personal experience of baby loss, working within the field of baby loss. Whether its a motivator to join the profession or not, I should imagine that it presents both multiple challenges and beautiful insight that cannot be taught. In this piece from Amy, a medical negligence solicitor, reflects both on her personal and professional experience of loss. Please, meet Amy...
"My passion to make a families birth and follow up care experience a positive one and one they can look back on in time as a positive memory of their baby’s journey." Melanie, @melplum34, Bereavement Midwife for the #ItStillTakesAVillage blog series. #MatExp
"No matter what the reason for ending a pregnancy, the way you are made to feel at the time is likely to stay with you forever, we must get it right." Abigail, from @bpas1968 for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries
"I feel like there is still a big assumption of ‘oh well, it happens" & the more people accept that as true, then the less motivation there is for society to care..." Siobhan, from @tommys_baby for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries