BABY & BIRTH: Why networking is vital on maternity leave

It’s Tuesday and on a Tuesday I like to tweet using the hashtag#Tuesdaymotivation. Now this can sometimes prove difficult when I’ve been up through the night tending to teething troubles and it can be hard to motivate myself the next day. It’s not like I can…

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH: What it’s like to have a Molar pregnancy

Today, I’d like to publish a post on the subject of molar pregnancy. It comes following an email I received from a lady over 40 who has recently experienced it. The lady wishes to remain anonymous, which is fine by me, but has agreed to me…

BABY & BIRTH: Bright ideas for the nursery

Now any baby’s room inevitably fills up with toys, books and knick-knacks over time and I wanted Cyrus’s space to be neutral enough that all those belongings would look sharp. Forget a pale blue or pink colour palette, bright art and accessories add all the pop…

BIRTH & BABY: A sugar-free rice pudding recipe that is great for weaning babies

My tactics for weaning young Cyrus has pretty much revolved around trying to feed him as much food as possible that we already eat. Among his firm favourites are jujeh (chicken) kebab, which we discovered on a recent trip to London, and soothing Shir Berenj Irani…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: The midwife’s perspective

Midwives play a crucial role in the health of both older mums and babies and it’s thanks to them that there are fewer pre-term births, assisted deliveries and greater satisfaction with care. They support women when they are at their most vulnerable and work tirelessly to…

BIRTH & BABY: A Persian lullaby to get baby to sleep

Although my husband and I are what you might consider “late-starters” as far as parenting goes, our journey together has opened my eyes to a broader culture than offered by my upbringing in the North East. When H and I got together, I experienced his family…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Haircare is a grey area in pregnancy

There comes a time in a pregnancy when our hormones sometimes get the better of us. For this bottle blonde, that moment came when the grey strands started to poke through my hair in Week 12. I had made the decision to stop using chemical hair…