I guess I've always been pro-choice. As an adolescent and young adult it seemed to me to be on a list of things ‘good’ people were: like not being racist or homophobic. I know now that this was the luxury of growing up in a progressive community. In high school I had several friends who … Continue reading How infertility made me Pro-Choice
With only a few weeks left of my half of the shared parental leave it’s perhaps not surprising that a piece on the BBC about family friendly work places really struck a chord with me. The work place in question is the House of Commons. Apparently there was a motion raised to allow mothers to … Continue reading Family Friendly Workplaces?
When you’re expecting a baby there are three kinds of events: Those things that you know to expect. When you have a baby there are a lot of things that you expect (heck there’s a series of well-regarded baby manuals based on this premise). Things that if you thought about it you would have expected … Continue reading The Joy of Low Expectations
We found out we were having twins at seven weeks, but we didn’t know the genders until eighteen weeks, so we had eleven weeks of pointless discussions about the pros and cons of the different possibilities. Which would be worse: two boys or two girls? Would one of each be any better? With hindsight it … Continue reading My top 5 (fictional) Boy-Girl Twins
To call parenthood a voyage of discovery is a gross understatement. It’s more like the Hunting of the Snark: you don’t know what you’re looking for, or where to find it, and you don’t know what to do with it when you do. Things I didn’t know existed two months ago are suddenly mission-critical (attempt … Continue reading Things I didn’t know I needed
In the month since the twins’ birth the debate about healthcare has been raging on both sides of the pond. In the US the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare (again), while here in the UK the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has announced significant changes to NHS doctors’ contracts, prompting the #ImInWorkJeremy social media campaign. When … Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love Socialised Medicine
‘Your baby can sense your emotions before she is born!’ the NCT group leader assures us with an almost religious tone of reverence. ‘She already knows the sound of your voice, and dads,’ she adds, casting a joyful glance at the awkwardly fidgeting men, ‘your baby knows the sound of your voice too.’ Emotional sensitivity … Continue reading The Pre / Post Partum Paradox