Normalising Stillbirth and Challenging Attitudes with Channel 5 News

Tomorrow night, I'll be on live television (please do not swear) alongside other families and professionals, discussing attitudes and support following stillbirth. I'm honoured to have been asked whilst at the same time trying to ignore the whole 'live television' aspect of it all. It'll all be alright on the night, right? The programme is particularly … Continue reading Normalising Stillbirth and Challenging Attitudes with Channel 5 News

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“You are So Brave, I Just Don’t Know How You Do It”

There are many things that many, many people say to you once your baby has died. I should imagine that they are familiar to many people who walk their days without their child - but also others who have experienced trauma or bereavement, of any kind. "You are so brave"  Brave adjective ready to face and … Continue reading “You are So Brave, I Just Don’t Know How You Do It”

Less Berating, More Celebrating – Changing my Mindset to Self-Care

This time, two years ago, I started my own project of #100DaysOfWellbeing with the aim of doing something every day  to care for myself, and heal physically and mentally. It gave me such a good focus to get up and out (or in if needs be) and do something for me, and my recovery after Leo … Continue reading Less Berating, More Celebrating – Changing my Mindset to Self-Care

#ThankYouMidwife

I was never able to write a #ThankYouMidwife post when the campaign first came out. Not because of any ill feeling towards any one person, but just because the images of the campaign didn't sit alongside my images - I couldn't relate. Yet I wrote something the other day for a publication that isn't going … Continue reading #ThankYouMidwife

What I Learnt from Returning to Work after Stillbirth

Just after New Year, with little fanfare, my Maternity Leave ended, and I became unemployed. I don't really know where the future will take me in terms of working and a career, but for now we will just see what happens. But noticing the date of my contract ending, made me reflect on the relatively … Continue reading What I Learnt from Returning to Work after Stillbirth

On the Approach to Two – When Time doesn’t actually Heal

The other night, I glanced at Leo's photos in our living room. One of my favourite photos of me holding Leo. It was the day we left. I got dressed that day, and I'm so glad I did. I showered, put actual clothes on, and walked around the bereavement suite, holding my son. We both … Continue reading On the Approach to Two – When Time doesn’t actually Heal

2017, You’ve Made me Proud.

I was going to avoid writing about New Year. I found Christmas unexpectedly difficult. It seemed best to avoid too much New Year reflection. Yet, I'm sat in bed at 8:30pm, reflecting on 2017, and it feels that we at least deserve to recognise our achievements of this year. 14 days in 2016, everything changed … Continue reading 2017, You’ve Made me Proud.

When a Community unites in Grief : Advent to Remember

What was such a small idea last summer in order to help us through the nightmare that would be our first christmas since Leo died, is slowly blossoming into a wonderfully poignant project full of love and light. I am so so proud of what has become Advent To Remember this year. Last year, we … Continue reading When a Community unites in Grief : Advent to Remember