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Motherhood

Warrior Woman Births: Caesarian vs Vaginal

March 29, 2016
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Facebook loves a good birth announcement. “So-and-so is proud to announce the arrival of little Baby Fontleroy, weighing 10lbs 6oz, delivered naturally with only gas an air!! What a warrior Woman Wife is! Mum and baby doing well“ I see it all the time. All. The. Time. And it’s lovely, it really is, because babies are lovely. I love babies. I’d have sixty babies if my boobs were still pointing upwards by number sixty (as it is, they wouldn’t, so…

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Motherhood

On Not Looking Perfect As A Brand New Mum

July 24, 2013
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When the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital yesterday afternoon it wasn’t just the baby the world was interested in seeing. Let’s be honest, a newborn baby is a newborn baby; most of them look quite similar, a bit like grumpy old men. The world was interested in seeing what the Duchess of Cambridge looked like. And she didn’t disappoint. Earlier in the day her hairdresser’s arrival had garnered more news coverage than…

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Motherhood

Mummy Love: It’s Complicated

February 26, 2013
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When I was pregnant for the first time I wasn’t sure of much. I was completely confused at what childbirth would be like, I didn’t know if I would breast or bottle feed, or even if I wanted to be a stay at home mum or not. But there was thing I was sure of: the love I would feel for them in that hospital room. I knew as soon as that baby was placed on my chest (or, as…

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Huxley

An Instagram Birth Story

June 8, 2012
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  The very last pregnancy photo / trying to relax with Balamory In my naive, blissed-out natural birth-planning state, labour was to go one way, and one way only. The labour niggles would begin, I’d take a paracetamol and get some sleep, take a bath, strap on my TENS machine if it all got a bit much and head into hospital. I’d be bout 6cm dilated and use gas and air before asking for an epidural and get told it…

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Huxley

He’s Here!

May 17, 2012
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  Huxley William Harold arrived yesterday, the 16th May, at 3.04pm. He was born via semi-emergency caesarian after four loooong days of contractions, a worrying period of decreased movements, heartbeat decelerations and a lot of monitoring. It’s been a long week.   We are both doing very well in hospital and will be here for a few more tests until Monday at the earliest whilst the Doctors determine whether or not he has inherited the same condition as Elfie. So far so…

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Elfie

A Birth Story

April 17, 2012

Don’t worry – I haven’t secretly given birth over the weekend (though the contractions I’ve been having since I overdid it on the wedding dancefloor on Saturday night have been something else). As we’ve been making plans for this next birth I’ve enjoyed reminiscing about the experience I had with  Elfie. An ‘Elective’ Caesarian (though I hate the word ‘Elective’, she was breech so there was nothing elective about it) it was a wonderful experience and  I can’t believe this was…

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Pregnancy

The C-Section Debate: Should We Choose?

November 24, 2011
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Before I got pregnant I had thought a lot about giving birth. It’s difficult not to; if you want kids like I always knew I did they have to make their way from your belly and into the outside world somehow. And as scared as I am of pain (I weep at threading appointments, actually weep) a Caesarian section never entered my thoughts. It’s major abdominal surgery and involves slicing through skin, muscle, and uterus, and I have never understood…

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Elfie Pregnancy

Happy Birthday, Elfie!

July 12, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk When I first found out I was pregnant and started writing my blog, the ‘Birth Story’ post was the one I was looking forward to writing the most. I imagined it would involve a birthing pool, a bit of hypnobirthing and if I’m honest a good old measure of pain relief. But we know that wasn’t the birth I was to have, so really my birth story began 2 weeks before…

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Elfie

Baby Elfie

July 10, 2010

Baby Elfreda Daphne H (named after two of her Great-Grandmothers) was born on July 7th at 1.35pm weighing 6lbs 14oz. We had a couple of sleepless nights in hospital as she decided she was so good at breastfeeding she wanted to do that instead of sleep and she HATED the hospital crib. We came home at 5pm yesterday and she’s been very relaxed ever since – feeding and snoozing. We have been mostly staring at her in awe of how…

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