Discovering IVF: The Before

The first thing to realise is that IVF is both the start of something and the end of something. It’s easy to forget that, for most couples, starting IVF treatment is the culmination of an already long journey of trying, and failing, to conceive. It’s also likely to come after multiple tests, investigations and possibly…

Shared parental leave: end of part 1

It’s just hit me that I only have one full week left of time with Luna on my own. At the start of the Easter holidays Alex will finish work and we’ll start our ‘tandem time’, as we’re calling it, a 2 month overlap before I start back at work in June and Alex takes…

We need to talk about co-sleeping 

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about co-sleeping for a while now, to share our experiences and what I’ve found out since having Luna. It seems to be something which isn’t openly discussed very much, and which many new parents are reluctant to admit to. Firstly, to clarify what I am talking about; the…

Discovering IVF

This time last year we were in the midst of our IVF treatment. Until you are a couple having IVF, you never think that you will be. Or at least I had never thought that I would be. It seemed like something which happened to other people, I had never considered that it would happen…

Planning a home birth

Once we knew that we wanted to have a home birth I went about figuring out what we would need. I’ll write a separate post about how I planned for labour and birth generally, but here are a few pointers on what we needed for our home birth.

Why I chose a home birth

When I became pregnant, like most other women, I assumed that I would give birth in a hospital. The thought of a home birth had occasionally flitted through my mind, but I didn’t know much about it and told myself that I wouldn’t with my first child. It was about halfway through my pregnancy, as…

Luna’s birth story…

This is the story of our planned home birth. I have written more about why we decided to stay at home for Luna’s birth and how I prepared for it in separate posts, but here is how it all happened… I woke on the morning of the 23rd November after a really awful night’s sleep….