Heartbroken Parents Share Stillborn Daughter’s Photo Session

Photographer Lindsey Villatoro was contacted to photograph a less than ideal (but also very real) situation.  Emily and Richard Staley lost their daughter to stillbirth, so close to her due date.  Lindsey was asked to capture her delivery and subsequent precious moments after her stillborn birth. WARNING- these images are extremely emotional. The family wishes for these to be shared...

The Real “Must-Have” List to Pack into Your Hospital Bag

We asked, your told us! Here's our take on the most comprehensive (and realistic) list of what to pack in your hospital bag. Well at Mum Central, we value what our community has to say. We ask and we engage and we listen. We’ve put together a top 20 list which we have compiled from real mums. Some first timers,...

Excuse Me Miss, It’s Actually Labour Pain. You’re About To Have A Baby!

SARAH Currin beams like any other proud new mum.  But this new mum didn't realise she was pregnant until she was in labour. Sarah delivered a healthy baby girl at 37 weeks on May 1, after being rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis.  The 25-year-old said she woke up in the morning feeling “a little bit off”, but decided to...

Unscrambling Grief: Part 1 – The Deafening Silence

Each visit to the Obstetrician became more exciting as my baby bump grew. The routine was so familiar now: Blood pressure – tick Urine sample – tick Onto the couch for the fetal heart Doppler check. That familiar sploshing sound of the placenta and then the blip, blip of my baby’s heartbeat. But wait - the midwife moved the Doppler from...

Unscrambling Grief: Part 2 – Life Goes On

When other people have babies, flowers and gifts arrive. Visitors abound with congratulations aplenty. But not in our room. Our 4 walls stared at us, blank and unexciting, with no signs of colourful balloons and no gentle fragrance wafting from the flowers, because there were none. At least they’d given me a private room for my overnight stay, but it...

Unscrambling Grief: Part 3 – The Emptiness

Have you ever felt like the Phantom? A ghostly figure who may or may not be there and may or may not be real? That’s how I felt about my recently ended pregnancy. I may as well not have been pregnant, because with the exception of my sister, my parents and about two friends, no-one else ever mentioned our...

The Power of Hypnobirthing

When you are awaiting your baby’s arrival it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the things you will need for the baby. The cot, the pram, the nappies... There are so many ‘things’ that you are looking for so you can give your baby the best start. What often gets left out of the preparations is ‘childbirth education’....

Is Kate Facing Unfair Public Pressure and Judgement by Choosing Hypnotherapy?

When the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly pulled out of the 'society wedding of the year', concerned that her labour was close, the British media's speculation reached fever pitch. Yet when it comes to the birth itself, Kate's plans have attracted some very public sneers. She'd reportedly like a natural delivery surrounded by family, with hypnotherapy and even a birthing pool....

But Hang On, Where’s My Epidural?

On the morning of my 38 week obstetrician appointment I woke up at 7am with an overwhelming urge to drop the kids off at the pool . While on the toilet, I noticed some bleeding which I recognized to be my ‘show’. Fortuitously, Mark had taken that very day off for us to finalise the nursery so I bounded...

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