All posts tagged: save the children

My Birth Story

I loved being pregnant.  It was one of the most wonderful, special times of my life. I was one of those ridiculously happy (& no doubt annoying) pregnant people – over indulging on cake, because I did not realise that baby weight does not magically disappear overnight once the baby is born; taking hypnobirthing classes, because I genuinely believed that I could silently breathe my baby out; enjoying every midwife & clinic visit, because I was enjoying a healthy pregnancy; and boring everyone in a 10-mile radius about how I’d never give my baby a dummy (I did), how I would breastfeed for at least a year (I did not) and how having a baby would not change my life (of course it did). I was lucky in that my pregnancy was straightforward, so of course I expected that my birth would be too. I went out for cake on my due date and joked with the waitress “Any day now!”. Of course, this joke got very old around 14 days later, when my baby still …

Blog it for Babies campaign

Last Saturday, Save the Children met with bloggers, vloggers and social media enthusiasts to share  ideas on how social media could be used to help save children’s lives in Bangladesh by helping to raise funds to build seven new clinics.  With an impressive line-up of speakers and the opportunity to meet other fellow parent bloggers (Mammasaurus, Actually Mummy, Dorky Mum, Mother.Wife.Me, Cheetahs in Shoes & the divine Older Single Mum, to name-drop just a few), I was thrilled when I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the conference. Over the course of the day though, I was saddened to learn about the perilious conditions for pregnant women in Bangladesh.  Did you know: Every hour of every day, 11 newborn babies die in Bangladesh. That’s about one every six minutes   in 19 children do not live to see their fifth birthday in Bangladesh because access to basic services such as healthcare is very limited, particularly in rural areas For every 10 births in Bangladesh, 8 mothers have to give birth in their home without a …