From the outset my son’s entry into the world was never going to be straight forward. From week 20 of the pregnancy I was warned that he was growing slowly. By week 30 I was told that he would not make full term and that I should prepare for an early delivery in week 35, but it was not to be. At 32 weeks I went to A&E with what I thought was food poisoning. It was not until 18 hours after being admitted that a student doctor recognised my epigastric pain as a primary symptom of a rare form of preeclampsia called HELLP syndrome.
UPDATE: Sadly this service at the Salvation Army had to be cancelled due to changes beyond my control
I am starting a Breastfeeding support and Counselling service at the Salvation Army - it is open to everyone.
Today an era came to an end – my last clinic where I offered breastfeeding support working for a Children’s Centre.
This is how it started: Back in 2002 breastfeeding support was offered by Volunteer organisations and Health professionals, all working on their own doing the best they could. Being aware of the limitations that come with volunteering and organisations we founded the Breastfeeding Project Group (BPG) to see if we could achieve more by working together.
......is often not something women imagined during their pregnancy. It often goes
.......I'll give it a try
......I'll do it for a few days
.......I'll do it for a few weeks
......I would like to breastfeed for 6 month, start weaning and by 1 year the child will be fully on solids.
Occasionally that is how it happens. And often women find themselves in a situation where they have gone past the 1 year mark and they are still feeding.
If all parties concerned (Mum, Baby and Partner) are happy with this -> no problem :-)
I have been mulling this over for a while and creating one list after the other in my head and then dismissing it, because it felt just too long.
When you are a new mum there is soooooo much to learn and think about - and your brain is not doing well with information at the moment anyway, as you have what people call a 'baby brain' and it is often said with a lot of excuses or a negative tone, like it is something bad.
I sometimes wonder how this society ended up turning a lot of women and children related things into something negative.
Some of you might know that I trained a few month ago with 'Stillbirthday.com' and am now a 'Birth and Bereavement Doula'.
I decided to do this training as I was shocked to see in my work as Breastfeeding counsellor/IBCLC and Gestalt Counsellor how litttle support there is out there for parents who have gone through this particular nightmare.
Part of the problem is that in our society death in general is not something people talk about often and when it comes to a stillbirth even less - and I do understand that this is not done out of malice :-)
Hello - this is a bit of an unusual request for your help.
As you know the Children's Centres have been re-organized into clusters - now the managers are looking into the best way to reorganize the services, to meet the needs of their families; with the budget available.
I thought it would be amazing if a lot of mums and dads could write to me (email@example.com) of what has supported them to get started with breastfeeding and/ or keep going and what has hindered them.
I can’t believe this is already the last week of the ‘Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt’.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the wide and varied entries. I hope you found the information and support you needed.
I decided at the very beginning that I would write about ‘Allergies’ as it seems that parents are often left alone in their quest to find support if they have an allergic baby.
Strange – I thought I had a good idea of what I want to say and then when I sat down to write….nothing.
I tried a few sentences, but found them not to my liking……
Then I started wondering what people mean when they use the word ‘community’ and looked up the definition of the word – there are quite a number of different definitions, depending on the context the word is used in.
For me community is the area I live in and the services and support I can access there.
What does community mean for you?