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Tips on preparing to adopt a little one

After a long wait, you’re about to welcome your new son or daughter into your family. This will likely be an exciting time for you and other family members, one that you’ve dreamed of for some time. In this piece I give you some tips on this process, and how to look after your own mental wellbeing too.

When Words Cut

Out of the window flew my visions and preparations for a water birth. But I had a deep respect for the reality of the situation, and I agreed that a planned C-section would be the best bet. So, with my heart beating out of my chest, and with the help of an incredible team of medics, I gave birth to my first child.

Helen’s recovery after loss

Trigger warning: this piece contains mentions of suicide. Please remember that this is Helen’s story, and everyone’s experience is different. Take care of yourself when reading this and if you are struggling, please refer to our Urgent Warning.

phase worldwide’s maternal healthcare campaign

PHASE Worldwide was set up around a kitchen table in 2005 by a group of friends with a love for Nepal. Together, they wanted to start a charity which focused on supporting projects in health, education, and livelihoods. Since then, this Bristol based charity has raised millions of pounds, and each year changes the lives of over 50,000 people in Nepal.

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Please note: some of this content was written in 2019. Please follow current coronavirus government guidance at all times.

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