The Modern Midwife

We all know that in the modern era of equality we live in when choosing a job it shouldn’t matter what sex you are. However, despite this you wouldn’t be blamed for being a bit...

Healthy Eating and Education

Over the 30 years and more during which I have been a secondary school teacher and a parent of two girls and two boys, I have seen a number of fads and fancies...

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep can become an intense preoccupation for parents

Life After Birth

Helen Holmes attempts to answer a question that has been puzzling new parents for generations: Is there life after birth? Picture the scene: you’re heavily pregnant (you might not have to imagine this...

Baby Amnesia

Finding yourself cooing over tiny sleep suits? Joanne Robinson, mother of a five year old, four year old and seven week old baby Angus, realises that her ‘newborn memories’ could have...

My Miscarriage

The dating scan turned into a nightmare as soon as I saw the lifeless form on the screen above me. “A missed miscarriage at approximately eight weeks gestation,” the sympathetic consultant said. He couldn’t tell...

MS and Pregnancy

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is more common than most people realise. It has a long history and is well documented through the centuries. Specialists at Southampton hospital tell us more. Who gets MS,...

Epilepsy and Pregnancy

There are many issues for women with epilepsy, not least planning a family. In this article we outline topics you should discuss with your Doctor or nurse specialist, and show you where...

The Fear Factor

In the coffee shop this morning, a group of women on the table next to mine were deep in conversation, probably antenatal friends catching up over coffee, two of which were heavily pregnant....

Diary of a Mum: (10) Choosing a school

Back in the good ole days, ‘choosing’ a school meant checking out the one in your catchment had nothing more sinister than the odd off-the-rails glue sniffer and a dinner lady with a...