Choice: Real or Myth (Part 2)

By |2017-06-15T12:05:12+01:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

A couple of years ago, a student midwife tried to persuade me that choice in pregnancy meant being able to have a home birth. In my first blog Choice: Real or Myth, I reflected on how choice is a privilege afforded to women in the UK. Something that isn’t on offer for many others around the world. [...]

Choice: Real or Myth (Part 1)

By |2017-06-15T12:04:27+01:00April 20th, 2017|Categories: birth, choice, expectations, pregnancy, risk|

Two years ago, I was sitting on my hospital bed alone, eight months pregnant. Unaware I would need an emergency c-section 3 hours later, I started thinking about choice and wrote this: 'It's the night before my third son will be born. Nearly four weeks before his due date and three weeks ahead of schedule. Once [...]

Unanswered questions and different answers

By |2017-06-15T12:03:52+01:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

When a child is diagnosed with a complex disability, a tidal wave of unanswered questions sweeps through life. As though, one minute you live in a town that you recognise, one you've lived in your whole life. It is a town with familiar faces, understandable street names and identifiable buildings. Then the next minute you've been teleported to a place where the [...]


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