As you may have seen I was recently inspired to do a post on a Top 10 gifts to buy a new baby. Now, although this is super handy when going to visit this hypothetical infant, I do have to make the point that the gifts suggested there are in no way gifts for the mother (with the possible exception of Ewan the sleep sheep, if he works as he ought). So here are ten really excellent gifts you can buy a new mum to make her feel special, treated, looked after and not merely the battered incubator & milk bar for a new human.
Disclaimer – I have no medical training whatsoever. I am, what’s known in certain circles as, a ‘birth geek’: basically a lay person who has done so much research into the subject of birth that in some areas she may actually be better informed than select medical professionals. I would always recommend that you do your own research and make your own decisions based on this.
I was told once, by a good family friend, that when you have your last baby you just know. Something deep inside you clicks and you know you’ve completed your family. I thought this sounded like a bit of bunkum, quite honestly and suspected that, like the age gap between her children which was carefully planned, it was merely a fact of having reached the previously agreed number of offspring and stopping – as planned.
Don’t worry, despite the fact that The Man has been ear-bashing John Lewis’ customer-service for the last 45 minutes, today’s post isn’t another unexciting installment of the ongoing saga of the broken washing machine.
What I want to discuss is something that’s actually a little bit difficult to talk about, but I don’t think I can go on with my plans for this blog without explaining something about my recent past. Let me start by saying that both my children were planned and very much wanted. The Boy arrived as soon as we made room for him in our lives but our little girl kept us waiting. And waiting. And waiting. With a couple of false starts I was starting to wonder if we’d ever have a sibling for our boy, but then he turned round one day, poked me in the belly and said “Mummy got a baby in her tummy”.
We were hoping this article would reblog, but apparently we can only get a link to it, so here’s our reason for posting it, do click through and read.
Oxfordshire has a lot of people moving out here from London to start families. Property is (comparitively) cheaper, there is more open space and the sense of community is unparalleled in many towns and villages. As a sideline I volunteer with a group that helps new mothers and we see a lot of them. It is amazing how many of them have concerns about not complying with their husband’s/partner’s desire for sex. Well this article directs that question to the right place: the husband/partner himself.
Our survey of more than one thousand Mumsnet users showed that the care women receive following a miscarriage fails to meet the official national guidelines. Here are seven of the most shocking facts revealed by the survey…
How YOU can take a step towards better miscarriage care in the UK…
We’re asking politicians to pledge to improve miscarriage care, based on the principles in our Code, by 2020 – the end of the next parliament.