Why I’m voting Yes on May 25th

I have no doubt that voting yes is what Ireland needs to make it a safer place for women. I grew up in a Catholic home and my mother has particularly strong faith but she also taught me great empathy and compassion and these inform my decision.

We need bodily autonomy in pregnancy for Irish women. We need healthcare professionals to be able to do their job without the Eight Amendment meaning doctors consult lawyers before making decisions on women’s health.

I want this for my daughter so that she will never have to suffer because of it, for my nieces, for my friends, for every woman I know, and every Irish woman. It took us 35 years to have another referendum on abortion; we can’t let the next generation suffer too. Continue reading

Placenta Encapsulation – Placenta pills for better mom health

I got a lot of interest when I posted this on my Facebook/Instagram so I thought I’d share here too:

My nutrient rich post natal daily pill, custom designed by my body for me, Placenta Encapsulation benefits include better energy and iron levels, helps milk supply and to balance hormones, and helps to reduce stress levels (tell that to my 3 year old 😉).

It assists in repairing the uterus and placenta wound and is said to have been used in Chinese medicine since the 1500s.

In nature, animals in the wild consume their placenta after giving birth, they instinctively know what’s good for them. Continue reading

I’ve been busy!

I have some very happy news to share – meet the new addition to our household, baby Ollie!

Thank you to the wonderful midwives and staff at UMHL for looking after us so well. Particularly to the girls on ward M1 especially Jenny (best of luck in Middlesbrough), Emma and Liz, and to Prof Cotter of course.

Losing a baby – miscarriage and pregnancy loss

We lost a baby this year. That awful word – miscarriage. There, I’ve said it.

That taboo thing that nobody talks about but so many people seem to have a story about when you dig deeper. Why do people not talk about miscarriage?

In truth, I don’t like the term ‘miscarriage’ at all. It prompts thoughts of ‘how did I mis-carry?’ and ‘what did I do wrong?’ Thoughts like these haunt enough when it happens, so I rarely used the term when finally opening up to friends. To me, we lost a baby, that was how it felt and that was how I explained it.

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Coping with cold sores, a girl’s guide…

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to lip maintenance; those that suffer from cold sores, and those that’s don’t. If you don’t, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

The cold sore virus (called ‘HSV-1’ i.e. herpes simplex virus-1) is present in most of the population, and there is no permanent cure for it but, for many, the virus lays dormant without any effect.

For the rest of us however, we become prone to cold sores. They can manifest as a sign we are run-down and are usually triggered by harsh weather, such as the recent below freezing temperatures, and ferocious winds. All it takes for a cold sore to appear in weather like this is leaving the house without a scarf wrapped high to shield the lips. Sun also acts as a trigger so sunblock on the lips is vital for cold sore sufferers. Continue reading