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…

Reflections on Prematurity Awareness Month

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November 29 is especially poignant for me because a year ago today I had my 12 week scan. I arrived at the hospital with a full bladder, and left full of excitement and happiness. Martin and I were mesmerised at the sight of our little baby wriggling around on the screen. We felt so blessed, […] 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…

Surviving the death of your baby

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If you are reading this because the worst has happened, I am so very sorry. There are no words that can make you feel any better, but I hope this shows you what you are feeling and experiencing is normal. What I have written in this post is based on my own journey since my […] Read more…

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