My 5 Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant, I trawled through countless articles and videos claiming to be the “only newborn essentials list you’ll ever need”…but found it all a bit overwhelming and confusing. I really wanted to be well-prepared, but also wanted to avoid gathering lots of stuff and cluttering the house/hurting my bank balance! If you areContinue reading “My 5 Newborn Essentials”

On the night before motherhood: a blessing

A mother’s love begins long before birth and now, as you approach the precipice of meeting its lifelong object, here is a blessing. Feel the slow rise and fall of your chest as your heart sustains another. You are breathing life into you and into the new life you are about to meet. You, fearfullyContinue reading “On the night before motherhood: a blessing”

Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be 

Well, I can’t quite believe it: I’m just weeks away from meeting my BABY! I’ve come to know so many lovely expectant and new mums over the last while, and our chats inspired me to put together a gift guide for pregnant mums and those in the newborn bubble who might just need a treat!Continue reading “Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be “

Waiting 

31 weeks! Each week is a celebration – there have been times when I’ve not been sure we’d make it this far. But we have, and Baby Brown is growing tall (?!) and strong. I live a strange paradox: this complicated pregnancy has brought me to my knees and there are elements of it thatContinue reading “Waiting “

Be still 

“Maybe this is your time to learn to be still.” My throat tightened: “I’m not sure I know what that means.” “Well, that’s where you start.” I had just told my dad I’d been signed off work after a scary hospital stay and introduction to the term ‘complicated pregnancy’. Minutes before, my doctor had toldContinue reading “Be still “

Interruption

“And she said gently – that they believe when a lot of things start to go wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly asContinue reading “Interruption”

COMING OFF THE PILL: ALTERNATIVES

I’ve been totally amazed at the response to my posts on hormonal birth control. Thanks to all who have been in touch with their stories. Unsurprisingly, I only heard from one person who had a fully positive experience with hormonal birth control. The majority of responses have ranged from people who are on the pill and experience mildContinue reading “COMING OFF THE PILL: ALTERNATIVES”

The Pill: Sugar-coated liberation or corporate-societal control?

This is a really strange topic for me to cover on the blog, and also a really strange one for you to read about. But I do think it’s important. It feels uncomfortable as well because it involves me being more personal about something that is totally mine – not an ‘issue’, not a phenomenon,Continue reading “The Pill: Sugar-coated liberation or corporate-societal control?”