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The term ‘young parent’ in the UK means anyone aged 25 or younger, whereas when we’re talking about anyone aged 35 and older, the term ‘geriatric parent’ is used. An average a cisgender woman will start their period at the age of 12, and will start menopause at the age of 51. So despite being… Continue reading Birth Bias Series: Age
Sarah was 32 weeks pregnant when lockdown started in the UK in March. Her baby due on 17th May, Sarah went to hospital on the 4th due to pain in the scar of her previous caesarean section. Here, she shares her story of the medical emergency that led to her son’s birth, during a nationwide… Continue reading Pregnancy during COVID-19: When things don’t go to plan
I’m going to preface this by saying a couple of things. Firstly all names with an asterisk (*) have been changed to protect the privacy of the wonderful women who shared their stories with me. Secondly, the overwhelming response I had when asking women to share their experiences with me was almost heartbreaking. This isn’t… Continue reading Birth Bias Series: Weight
I was talking with a friend yesterday about the psychological side of having a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and yourself. We still live in a very fatphobic society, where being overweight means you’re automatically lazy or sit and gorge on junk all day. Very rarely is the psychological side of being fat addressed. I… Continue reading “Maybe you should try losing weight” and why it’s not that easy
I’m writing this at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon while sat in the bath. Why am I in the bath at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon? Firstly, because it’s lockdown and honestly who cares any more. And secondly, because my fibromyalgia has reared its ugly head and I just couldn’t ease the pain. Recently, something… Continue reading Embracing Me
‘I tried on many identities for size before giving in and answering the call. Many of us realise we have been doulas all our lives’ Maddie McMahon ‘Why Doulas Matter’ Doula: From the Greek doule meaning ‘female slave’ – A woman who gives support, help, and advice to another woman during pregnancy and during and… Continue reading Why do you want to be a doula?
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