Archive of ‘General information’ category

Language Matters: Communication and Baby Loss

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Being in a healthcare environment – whether that be a GP’s surgery or a hospital – can be a hugely disempowering experience. You are likely to feel especially disempowered when you receive bad news – your head spinning, struggling to take in usually complex information. Then, more than ever healthcare professionals of all disciplines need to […] Read more…

Birth, Twitter, and Perception

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Since Hugo died, I have been using Twitter to promote Hugo’s Legacy. I have been fortunate to engage and make friends with a range of people who share my passion for making a difference to other women’s maternity experience. Twitter has on many occasions been set alight with women talking openly about their own experiences, and healthcare professionals […] Read more…

Empathy vs Sympathy – Why The Differences Matter

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Sympathy and empathy are words that are often used interchangeably. However, they are two very different things, and the differences between them matter. Empathy is about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. You do not have to have experienced what the person whose shoes you are temporarily ‘occupying’ has, but it is about trying to relate to that person. The […] Read more…

Hugo’s Enduring Legacy

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Last Thursday saw Martin and I take a trip to St Pancras and all the way down the Northern Line to St George’s Hospital. There were a few things we needed to do and see to make the four hour round trip worthwhile: an appointment with my consultant, and see the tangible products of Hugo’s […] Read more…

The importance of balanced messages when talking about birth

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My mind has been racing since a brief discussion on Twitter last night about helpful and unhelpful vocabulary in healthcare communication. The discussion stemmed from a Guardian article bearing the headline “Should pregnant women be encouraged to shun labour wards?”. The words used in the headline falls into the ‘unhelpful’ category. The article actually includes the […] Read more…

The option for compassionate end-of-life care

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This post, When All Options Have Been Exhausted, from Still Standing magazine has been on my mind since I read it a couple of days ago. The post describes one bereaved mother’s experience of the end-of-life care for her baby son. She says that knowing the doctors were out of options for saving her son’s life […] Read more…

Why Prematurity Awareness Month matters

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November is Prematurity Awareness Month. The global event seeks to raise awareness of the challenges facing premature babies and their parents. A baby born at or before 37 weeks is classed as premature – babies can be born as early as 23 weeks’ gestation and have the chance to fight for their life. Of course, […] Read more…

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