Miscarriage: The loss behind closed doors

Like most things connected to women and women’s bodies, society has served to keep us uninformed and feeling unable to talk about it openly.
Miscarriage is not a secret burden to carry.
In silence we only serve to perpetuate the expectation that the grief of miscarriage should occur behind closed doors.
In this post I discuss the experience of miscarriage, the NHS services journey and what we need to do in society to support people in their grief.

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Boys with long hair

Why is it still such a big deal for boys to have long hair? Any parent with a son with long hair will have experienced the constant mistaking of their child’s gender, comments from others or pressure to cut their hair. And when your child goes off to school they face rejection by peers purely because their hair is different and “for girls.”
We must move towards a space where both boys and girls are not held into nonsensical constraints and norms.

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Maternity Leave: The origins of mum guilt?

Maternity leave is often the longest period of time we get to spend with our children. This precious time is often woven with difficulties and pressures both internal and external to be the perfect parent. For many maternity leave is when mothers first start to experience mum guilt. The constant evaluation and criticism of everythung you do and whether it may be good enough. In this post I look at maternity leave and the pressure to be a good homemaker.

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Having a Second Baby: Sibling Rivalry & Regression

Having a second baby can be challenging for your first born. Feelings of love and excitement mixed with envy and anger make it a difficult time for all the family. In this post I discuss the effects of having another baby on your existing children and discuss issues of Sibling Rivalry, regression, envy and jealousy and the feelings of guilt you may experience as a parent.

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Returning to life after lockdown: Mourning the loss of the family bubble

With lockdown easing with social distancing and mask wearing, what is the effect of the new normal on families? For many the end of lockdown means the end of a precious period of time with their family and a great sadness at the idea of returning to life where you live like passing ships. In this post I discuss the effect of lockdown easing measures on the family unit and family emotional health

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Starting or returning to school after coronavirus lockdown

Having your first child start primary school is tough under normal circumstances but after lockdown and months in isolation, anxiety is high. Many people are considering not returning their children to school whilst coronavirus is still prevalent. With a seco f wave highly likely in the coming months should we be sending our kids to school? In this post I discuss the pride and sadness in your child’s fordt day at school and how covid19 has made this harder.

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