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It’s postnatal depression awareness week and to mark the campaign, we shared Amber’s story in Reveal. Amber’s an extraordinary woman who is determined to tell her story in order to help other mums realise that motherhood is really hard – and that’s okay.
With searing honesty, Amber explains how she just did not like being a mother. It’s a role she has come to love and her journey to where she is now needs to be heard. Too many women feel the burden of ‘perfection’ coming at them from all corners. (Instagram has so much to answer for!)
If you need support through the early steps of parenthood, visit PANDAS for support,

This beauty is Kate, a 19 year old model and now, crowned winner of Teen Ultimate Beauty of the World. Kate has Down’s syndrome and is on a mission to advocate equality. She is beautiful inside and out and an absolute joy to work with. Humble, kind, funny and so charismatic, I can see why her mum could hear the judges laughter through the walls during Kate’s pageant interview!

To find out more about Down’s syndrome, this website is the absolute best: The Future Of Downs

If you’d like to enter the fantastic, inclusive and wonderful Ultimate Beauty pageant, check out their website here.

Kate’s story was in the Sunday People and you can read it in full here.

For this glorious piece, mums Pippa, Emma and Vicky wrote themselves an open letter, going back in time to the day they found out their beautiful children had Down’s syndrome. The letters are poignant, powerful, funny, sweet and so lovely. Just like their children! I am so proud to work for the Down’s syndrome community, doing what we can to represent the reality of Down’s syndrome in the media so that families of the future understand that it’s not to be feared. Down’s syndrome has made these incredible children who they are.

Out now in Best. I worked on this piece in partnership with The Specials, which is a wonderful project. Check out their videos here.

If you happened to watch the excellent Let Down on Netflix, you’ll know that motherhood is having a moment. I was inspired to write a piece about the reality of parenting because, as the Let Down so wonderfully celebrated, it is not always Instagram-perfect and is more often about putting the phone in the fridge and forgetting your own birthday.

These champion mums came forward to make my idea a reality and provided warm, witty, real anecdotes about life raising kids. Catch Rachel’s account of makeup on her walls and sick in her hair, and other motherhood greats, in Best this week!

Isn’t this a gorgeous piece? After pop princess Kylie announced that she’s more likely to be a step-mother than a mother now, we asked Cath to share her step-situation with us. Cath is step-mum to four lovely children but doesn’t have any biological children of her own, so I like to tell her she’s basically Wales’s answer to Kylie.

The piece is a celebration of step-families, blended families, happy families – all the wonderful ways we make our families. Thank you to Cath for sharing! Out now in Bella.

You probably saw the video – it’s now had four million views! It’s a wonderfully uplifting idea, created by 50 mums in the Down’s syndrome community (and edited by one dad – Jamie!) which saw the world’s heart melt for their beautiful, gifted kids. In our never-ending ambition to educate the world on what Down’s syndrome really means, this video summed it all up to a beat. It means happy families. It means clever kids. It means sunshine and smiles and laughter and tears (happy tears!)

Here, three of the mums featured in the video share with Bella magazine what it was like to see their kids go ‘viral’ … and what a profound effect on people’s understanding of Down’s syndrome they hope the video will have.

I’m really enjoying writing about sperm donation and single women seeking out this wonderful way of making their dreams come true. I’ve had a few articles published on this topic now and this latest one, in Reveal, is a fantastic celebration of women becoming mums despite not having found a man to parent with.

These aren’t necessarily career women who put off having children, but also women who never found the right man, or had health circumstances get in the way of something they always presumed would just happen the old fashioned way. When it didn’t, they stepped up. And now look at their gorgeous babies!

 

How beautiful are Michala’s kids?! Absolute stunners. This story in today’s Best celebrates a unique family. Michala created her children using a sperm donor and they are all full sibling. The idea of private AI (artificial insemination) has a bit of a shady reputation but Michala is testament to the fact that it can be done with professionalism and a mutual understanding of the rules. She’s lucky to have found a man like Martin who is altruistic, kind and considerate. All great traits for the man who has fathered three of her kids!

Out now in Best.

I worked with the wonderful charity Scope to bring this story to women’s magazines. Christie was so wonderfully determined to share the darkness she experienced following a difficult pregnancy and traumatic birth, in the hopes that her story will help others experiencing similar difficulties to feel less alone. There’s way too much pressure on women to have instagram-ready pregnancies and births. Just look at Kate Middleton looking all blow-dried, high-heeled and gorgeous hours after her third birth, yesterday! But what happens if you don’t feel like posing for photos after your child is born? What if you feel like everything’s gone wrong? It can happen – Christie was diagnosed with PTSD after everything that happened to her.

After little Elise was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Christie has been supported by Scope. Please do contact them if you are affected by the details of this story. Out now in Best.

 

An empowering start to a Tuesday! Game changers Liz, Bethan and Kayleigh describe their careers in trades once thought of to be just for men. Liz is a fireman, a coal-stoker on Snowden’s steam railway. Bethan is a heavy-goods-vehicle mechanic and Kayleigh is a plumber, fending off spiders and dead rats in attics around London while she climbs towards forgotten boilers!

I have not stepped foot in my own attic in the five years I’ve lived in my house, for this very reason, so I take my hat off to Kayleigh for her ‘all in a day’s work’ attitude. I also love her description of a plumber as a doctor of a house. Pretty apt I’d say.

These inspiring women can be seen in Reveal, out now.