#endstillbirths: Westminster Hall Debate – June 2016

It’s been both inspiring and draining all at the same time to be part of #SandsAwarenessMonth. It’s inspiring to see that after so many years of research making the scale, scope and solutions to this epidemic abundantly clear the issue of stillbirth is finally getting on the health agenda and wider public consciousness. My Twitter…

#SandsAwarenessMonth: What Sands means to me

As you will have seen from the blog header and Twitter profile, June marks #SandsAwarenessMonth. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of charities like Sands that offer help and support for bereaved  parents and their families, friends, colleagues and the health care professionals affected. Charities like Sands, Tamba and Tommy’s are helping families bereaved…

This door is locked

This post is inspired by two WordPress daily prompts; Locked and Abandoned Locked As a die hard Silent Hill fan the word locked instantly brings to mind the familiar refrain of the game: The lock is jammed.  This door cannot be opened. The phrase serves two purposes.  One, it means not having to create time…

In defence of childish things

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things I’ve always hated that phrase.  It’s one that gets deployed with glib glee when confronted with something that doesn’t meet with approval.  It’s judgement…

A tricky question: Values or friends?

As with my Saving Babies’ Lives post this one started off as a long detailed post taking a mundane event as a jumping off point. I then use it as an opportunity to over think it, agonise over drafting and awkwardly try and shoehorn references to The Lucifer Effect, Abu Ghraib and Morecombe Bay and the…

Brilliance in Blogging: Thank you for your consideration

This is the obligatory blog awards post inspired by the many other blog award posts on the topic.   Special mention goes to DIY Daddy for his post on whether awards are just a popularity contest.  His post and the comments in response to it helped make my mind up as to what I wanted to…

#LiebsterAward: 11 Questions

It’s Liebster Award time!  Thanks to @TigerMothGirl for nominating me as part of her own Liebster Award. The rules of the award vary but the basic principle is that you are nominated by a kind soul / brutal sadist [delete as applicable] to answer 11 questions and then you take up the torch and ask 11…

#endstillbirths: Saving Babies’ Lives

My last #endstillbirths post was all about the good news going on to prevent avoidable deaths. This week brings more good news but some people have decided to spike that delicious treat with pieces of glass.  Some for self interest, some for self promotion and some for a lack of self awareness. Let’s start with…

Raising a glass to The Glass House Girls

Long before I became a shoebox and started blogging on grief, stillbirth and parenting after loss I mainly lurked in the shadows of Twitter absorbing all it had to offer. I can’t remember why but I started to search for non-work related tweets to see what, if anything, I could find on stillbirth. By chance…

Coffee and revelations

Today’s post is brought to you by The Daily Prompt ‘Toot your own horn‘ Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself. My instinctive response was that I’m good at self deprecation but that’s not really the point of the…