5 things to look for in a Fertility Specialist.

Even though fertility and birth naturally go hand in hand; in my opinion, the people who do Birth Work best, are those who live, breathe, eat and sleep 'everything birth'... those who do Fertility Work best also live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream 'everything fertility'! There are no one or two 'fertility hypnotherapy scripts' that do the job. There is no one way to go through IVF, or one way to adjust your lifestyle and mindset to become an optimal fertile state for natural conception either. I ask you; Would ...
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Fertility Retreats

I think this must be one of my most favourite blog updates in a long time; almost up there with the news of the birth of my Surrogate babies! This one is my newest baby... the launch of an amazing collaboration of two of my favourite Fertility Specialists, Beth Slater and Jennie Clegg. Our Mission Statement is simple: To nurture and support women through all fertility journeys; natural or assisted; new or lengthy. Our retreats are designed for individuals coming together in a small group. Using a bespoke combination of ...
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Save the midwife

#savethemidwife campaign. Disappointed that we need it... but so lovely seeing all of the wonderful pregnancy and birth pictures supporting it. To very briefly explain my personal story for the backing of it, here are the two pictures I've posted so far, and the words that I shared on my Facebook page. "Having one to one care with an Independent Midwife that took the time to get to know me and my surrogate baby's mum and dad was invaluable. She knew our story, she knew why we were doing it ...
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HPV, meningitis, vaccines and heartache.

There's not much worse than a Facebook post about vaccines for raising your blood pressure! I am writing this blog post because when I wrote a long reply (which bizarrely failed to post and vanished from the reply box) to someone who had left me feeling insulted by her response to my share about a Cochran review about the HPV vaccine, (see here, and here in more detail)  I decided I probably needed a blog offload instead. Of course, sharing "please question and look deeper at who is reviewing these ...
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Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation How I've only just come across the Metta Loving Kindness Meditation I have no idea! I will share a written version here and add a recorded version shortly for those who prefer a Guided Meditation. With my usual aim of keeping somethings in life simple and sustainable, I am keeping it a straightforward block of 4 sentences. Repeated for yourself (loving Kindness to oneself is underrated and largely under used). Repeated for a loved one. Repeated for someone you are indifferent/neutral about (for example a random person ...
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Really simple mindfulness breathing technique

Really simple breathing technique to Calm the Shizz Down. I call this 4by4 breathing. You can make your count of 4 as long or as quick as you need to. I chose the number four because I use this technique with children of all ages at a mindfulness group I run. It keeps it simple. I use this in the car whilst waiting at traffic lights, in bed if I wake in the night, all manner of times, whether planned or not! So, if you are a position to, make ...
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A public outcry that affects nothing.

A public outcry that affects nothing.Changes zilch. Except I feel a little better. To all the human people out there. This isn't my normal post about fertility,  surrogacy,  health, positivity, whatever. I'm tired tonight. Emotionally, rather than physically. Though I am in a normal state of physical tiredness too. The world has gone mad. And I'm so very tired of it all. More than anything, I'm confused. A confused kinda tired. I started writing this down tonight. It wasn't a blog. It wasn't a journal entry. It was just an ...
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Surrogacy. A gift worth celebrating.

3 years ago my life was totally engulfed in surrogacy. I was midway through a labour that resulted in my friends meeting their baby for the first time. Once the baby was born I wanted the world to know that "this is a thing", a thing people can do. That I had just experienced a life changing year, and I was a proud Auntie Jay. Approximately a year later we embarked on Round Two: A sibling journey. This time my mindset was focused not quite as much on my friends ...
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Alternative Advent Calendar. Crystals : )

Advent, for my family, is a countdown to a family party day. As a crystal lover and a home educator, what better "Advent Calendar" could I create! Apart from the 25th, each crystal has been placed fairly randomly. I'll share a cheeky picture of the day's crystal, along with some info on each one. A little about it from the physical perspective (though I'm not hot on geology and geography!), and a little about the believed metaphysical and healing properties. I'm not wishing November away, but I can't wait for ...
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Mother Earth. Father Sun. Moon…?

Mother Earth, Father Sun, Moon what? First of all, some may wonder who am I to be telling you 'how it is'. I'm not. I'm sharing how I feel it is. How 'I' see it. How another sees it is their well earned point of view. Second thing I'd like to clear up is that I do not worship anything. Not even Mother Earth, the planet which I am surviving on! I don't worship any gods, any stars or planets. I just am. And I fully appreciate. Living with gratitude ...
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