My poor aching back!
I was sitting holding baby Louis in his usual upright position pretty much from 5am until 11am as he wanted to only be in my arms and I’m definitely feeling it now. Worth it for that cute little grin though.
He’s now with Mr UFM and is appearing in a video for Heart FM. He will be dressed up as a pumpkin and is being paid to do so. How funny is that? I must add that I’m not putting Louis out to work….Mr UFM is directing said video. Please God he doesn’t throw up everywhere which is bound to happen because of his reflux. (Louis not Mr UFM)
I’ve also got an article in The Mail Online today about my birth experience.
I wrote it in reaction to a headline on Wednesday saying that it isn’t as safe to give birth in the middle of the night or at a weekend as it is on a weekday because there are less staff around. I definitely suffered due to lack of staff during my labour with Louis and I wanted to tell my story in order to hopefully help things change.
I’m happy to say that a lovely woman from UCHL has already called me. She was incredibly upset to hear my story and wants to implement changes so I feel like I’ve got a good result from the piece.
However, what I don’t want to do is give UCLH/ the NHS a bad name. I am not an NHS basher. I love the NHS and realise they are working on an incredibly tight budget. However, even though I support it, I also support my fellow Mums and believe that no woman should ever feel scared or helpless during labour. That comes before everything.
There have been the usual awful comments from The Mail Online readers. Some saying “get a grip….labour IS painful” and others saying “Imagine if you were giving birth in a 3rd world country….you don’t know how good you have it”.
However, I don’t think a woman should be forced to “get a grip” during labour. Yes some women handle it fantastically without pain relief but if a woman is not handling things and needs help then she must get it. I can’t imagine any other scenario where a woman would be left in that state without help. Bringing a baby into the world must not be scary.
If you fancy reading the article, here it is!
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