I think birth plans are over rated. Birth involves a mother and a baby and when babies have their own idea of what’s going to happen it can be difficult to predict how the birth will pan out. What I have learnt from being a midwife and from having 3 (very different) births myself is that it is important to be well informed, have birth preferences and also to control your birth environment. Here are a few suggestions for your own birth preferences. It is split into 2 parts, the… View Post

How Will I Love my Second Child as …

How Will I Love my Second Child as Much as the First?

Life was good. Our first born was doing well and we were starting to feel like we were nailing this parenting malarky – we had our evenings  back and she was sleeping through. Then, like many others in our situation we had the should we or shouldn’t we debate. Not surprisingly (with the chance of a bit of intimacy on the cards) my husband was strongly in favour of adding a new team member and thankfully after a few months of trying it happened again… two lines on the stick.… View Post

Girls Vs Boys

Girls Vs Boys

“Ah, one of each… you must be so happy!” Well, yes. Words actually can’t describe it. After an agonising nine-month wait, I have my healthy baby girl in my arms. A little sister for my not-so-little boy. Strangely, gender is always the first thing mums and dads get asked about… “will you find out if it’s pink or blue?”… “was it a girl or a boy?” and, the dreaded: “are you hoping for a boy or girl?” But why are we so fixated on gender? Why is it so important? During both… View Post

Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017 – The Family Awards 2017 presented by …

Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017 – The Family Awards 2017 presented by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court and CheltenhamMaman

2017 has been a huge year for CheltenhamMaman and I am over the moon to announce that it will be ending with an event to top all events for the parents in Gloucestershire. We’re teaming up with the incredible local charity that is Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice to hold a glitzy, black tie awards ceremony to celebrate the best businesses and individuals who strive to make life better, fuller and easier for the families in our beautiful county. On the 17th November nominees and their friends and family as… View Post

Our Kids Have Super-Powers… No Lie!

Our Kids Have Super-Powers… No Lie!

This summer holiday I have made an amazing discovery, and I would like to share it with you mamans as I think it might actually be life changing and, holds within it the promise of future world peace. So here it is: my kids have super-powers. It is very likely yours do too. I have proof. On my work days, when we need to leave the house at 8am they sleep in, have to be woken and dragged, whingeing to their cheerios and Fireman Sam. (I know some of you… View Post