• black mother-to-be - BLM
    Black Parenting,  Life Lessons,  Mum Life,  Pregnancy,  Race,  Speaking Up

    A Black Mother-To-Be: The Harsh Realities

    It’s been a really difficult week as a black woman in the world. That coupled with the fact that I’m a black mother-to-be of a child that will also be black, the events of the past month have weighed heavy. No, I’m not in the US, but that doesn’t mean institutional racism doesn’t exist here in the UK either. I was always raised to be proud of who I am, where I’m from and what I look like. My father is very political and was more Malcolm X than MLK back in his hay day. The first time I went to Ghana (my mums Ghanaian), I was 6 and we…

  • happy baby
    Being Heard,  Mum Life,  NHS,  Speaking Up,  Whipps Cross Hospital

    Whipps Cross Hospital – My NHS Experience (Part 3)

    We’re making progress! I had my phone consultation with a midwife from Whipps Cross Hospital on Thursday and I cannot tell you how much better we feel about sticking with the NHS for the duration of our pregnancy. We had a lovely woman ring (Swee Harris is her name), bang on time, and went through everything in so much detail, she: explained that I would be getting a new file and therefore my first appointment would be at Whipps Cross Hospital to get my height, weight and to test my urine and blood, as well as pick up my file. made sure I was taking Pregnacare and told me which…

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    Complaint,  Mum Life,  NHS,  Pregnancy,  Speaking Up

    My NHS Experience…(Part 1)

    Now I have to start this post praising the NHS staff; they have been on the front line of this pandemic in the UK. I cannot imagine where we would be without their services and dedication to the sick. They have done a phenomenal job and we, the British public should be more appreciative of the NHS, not just now, but ongoing and they deserve a lot more funding than what the Conservatives give, but that’s another story. Now that being said, I have had a negative experience of the NHS while being pregnant and my complaints started well before the pandemic reached us, so it is important to stress…