The virtual and the valuable

Last week saw the V for village campaign, celebrating the support which can be available on social media especially for new parents. I was blown away by the response and continue to be awed by the show of solidarity.But questions were also raised about certain aspects...

V is for Village

Three days into the V is for Village campaign and it’s been heartwarming (and also a little surprising!) to see how far it’s spread. We started at 8am on Monday morning, spreading peace signs all over Instagram. I’m writing this 48 hours later, and...

Just One Thing

It’s been a while since I blogged myself, but I just wanted to make sure you’ve seen the Just One Thing series. One of the things I frequently hear from new parents is just how much conflicting advice there is out there. At the same time, while you...

Don’t make me Blush

Recently, I found myself obsessively searching for cushions. In my spare moments, when I could have been playing with my kids, talking to my husband, reading a book…anything else  at all… I was discreetly picking up my phone and scrolling through endless websites...

Worlds apart (but still neighbours)

One of the many weird and wonderful things I did on the journey to becoming a psychologist was interviewing a range of teenagers from all over the UK. I was doing a study exploring how teenagers cope when one parent is seriously unwell. What impressed me the most...

The Stuff of Legend

One of the first things I talk about in my sessions with hypnobirthing couples is the influence of stories. In particular, negative  birth stories. There exists an implicit understanding in our society that birth is just going to be awful. In the West, it’s...