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Born at the Right Time


Becoming the parent of a child with disabilities can be daunting and overwhelming, rewarding and incredible.

In 2005, my eldest son was born with a bump. He didn’t breathe on delivery and was diagnosed ten weeks later with having severe brain damage. From then, my husband and I hurtled down an unmarked road of loving a child with complex disabilities and life-limiting epilepsy. Today I use my memories, experiences and skills to support families like mine and inform the practitioners who care for us.

The Skies I'm Under book


My book, The Skies I’m Under, is a raw and honest account of becoming the parent of a child with complex disabilities.



As a nurse and parent, I am well placed to develop and deliver training for practitioners who care for families of children with complex disabilities.

Speaking Events

Speaking Events

I’ve always been a talker and strongly believe in the power of story-telling. Being real and honest about the joys and challenges for parenting a child with complex disabilities can have a profound impact.



My faith shapes my world view, how I live and how I love. I now believe in the blessing of brokenness.



I discovered a love for writing when I realised it was just like talking but without the interruptions.


Find out when my latest speaking and training events are coming up.

Upcoming Events

Independent Living Conference

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Communicating with Relatives and Carers

March 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Postural care for 0-3 year olds

March 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pewsey Church

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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5 little things that make a Big Difference

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: cerebral palsy, Don't call me Mum, featured, mum of child with disability, parenting, Parents as partners, Uncategorized|

Little things can make a difference. When I worked as a [...]

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Top 11 Advantages to Parenting a Disabled Child

By | January 8th, 2016|Categories: cerebral palsy, disability, featured, Mother of child with special needs, mum, mum of child with disability, parenting, special needs, The skies I'm under|

Parenting a disabled child gets a bad press, so here is my Top 11 advantages to parenting a disabled child but there are many more.


“Rachel produces fantastic resources, all fully referenced and evidence based yet accessible and powerful”

Sarah Clayton, CEO, Simple Stuff Works

“Best session I have ever encountered at Uni”

Post Graduate Nursing Student, London South Bank University

So relevant and helpful. Probably the most insightful training I have been on.

Hospice Worker