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...