We’re so excited about our new project landing very, very soon! It’s called Bump, Baby & You and it’s our new club for mums, dads, bumps and babies.
“Love at first sight”. “Shock and awe”. “Pure joy”. Just some of the words our Facebook fans used to describe how they felt the first time they laid eyes on their newborn. Powerful stuff this…
Our trilogy of sleep infographics continues. We’ve outreached to midwives, mums, dads and sleep specialists to compile the facts and figures for this intriguing project. Last week we looked at how pregnancy affects sleep, now we turn our attention to new mums…
Now we know that sleep – or lack of! – can be torturous in those early days. So we spoke to mums, dads, midwives and specialist sleep consultants to help us compile a trilogy of sleep infographics. This is the first in the series and the results are intriguing…
Our official charity partner is Tommy’s, the charity that helps save babies’ lives by supporting parents to have a healthy pregnancy. The midwives at Tommy’s PregnancyLine received over 4,000 calls and emails last year. Midwife manager Emma-Lees Laing shares some of the most frequently asked questions.
Inspirational Parent ambassador Claire Young is a single mum to daughter Eva, born in 2012. Here she shares her top tips for navigating the dating circuit (successfully, we might add! Claire is now dating new bf Martin and is very, VERY happy!)
Jack Monroe is a force to be reckoned with; a cash-strapped single mum from Southend whose thrifty food blog A Girl Called Jack is so successful that food banks now hand out her 8p-a-head recipes. Hers is an incredible story….
- Malala Yousafzai is an incredible young woman – 17 years old - campaigning against the Taliban activity to prevent girls going to school. Her outspoken words placed her in grave danger when she was attacked on the school bus and shot 3 times in the face. She has gone on to recover and continue speaking out against injustice. Her speech at the United Nations Summit made me cry. She embodies serious girl power!
- Doreen Lawrence, Stephen Lawrence’s Mother. Along with Sara Payne, both women campaign for justice after the unimaginable loss of their child being murdered. I think for any parent the thought of burying your child is your worst nightmare. I applaud their bravery, strength and tenacity to fight for change and a better future for other children. Doreen Lawrence campaigns for justice for her son as well as for other victims of racist crime, along with promoting reforms of the police service. Sara Payne campaigns for parents' right to controlled access to the Sex Offenders Register.
- Davinia McCall – I call her superwoman! She has shared her story about overcoming drink and drug addiction, going on to find happiness with a gorgeous husband Pet Rescue presenter Matthew Robertson who she met walking her dog. She has a fantastic media career which she combines looking after 3 young children. On top of all of this is a top notch fitness boffin inspiring millions with her workout ethos and videos AND raised nearly £700k this year alone for Sport Relief.
- Adele needs no introduction - the singer and musician has won countless awards – including mega-stardom Grammys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Despite being in the intense media spotlight she has remained authentic, true to herself and not morphed into a media stereotype. She is size 16 and proud of it. So she should be - placed her on the front cover! She supports a number of charities with donations. In 2013 she became mummy to baby Angelo and is back to recording music.
- Dame Kelly Holmes ws the only mixed race child growing up in her village in the early 1970s. Things were tough. Brought up by her white mother after her biological father left when she was just a year old, Kelly’s mum struggled to cope. Left on her own and only a teenager herself, Kelly found herself in and out of care homes. A PE teacher spotted that she was talented at running and so her sporting journey began. She has gone onto win championship medals from the Olympics, Worlds, Commonwealth Games and Europeans. In 2008 Kelly founded DKH Legacy Trust which uses world class athletes to engage, enable and empower millions of young people. Aside from Kelly’s sporting achievements the legacy which she will leave behind is phenomenal.
- Ina May Gaskin is an advocate for normal childbirth and choices in childbirth. She has dedicated her entire life to ensuring that women centred care is the focus of antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods. Passionate about promoting alternatives to medicialised births she's an all-round amazing woman educating millions of mothers across the globe! Labour can be a somewhat daunting prospect so clear knowledge, options and reassurance are important.
- Single parent Jack Monroe is an anti-poverty campaigner and single mum who initially sparked public interest by uploading her savvy recipes on how to cook on a non-existent budget. Recipes start from 8p per head! She is brutally honest about what it is like to live with no money and is now using her large following to raise awareness of poverty issues in the UK today. Her writing is informative, witty and to the point!
- Jacqueline Gold, owner of Ann Summers, is a hard working entrepreneur and a big ambassador for women in business. She founded the ‘Women on Wednesday’ #WOW twitter campaign and encourages women to tweet about their business, then chooses 3 weekly winners to retweet. She is Mummy to Scarlett and openly spoke about the sadness felt of her son Alfie passing away when he was 8 months old.
- JK Rowling's journey from single parent to award-winning billionaire author is nothing short of amazing! Initially rejected by 12 publishers for the first Happy Potter book, she had the tenacity to keep going, believing in herself and her books. She has had a magical impact on a generation of readers, 3 out of 4 children said reading Harry Potter has inspired them to read more. She is also Patron of Gingerbread a charity supporting single parents.
- Jo Swinson is Minister for Women and campaigns for better body image for girls. In 2010 she launched the ‘Body Confidence’ campaign and asked the media to stop promoting ‘miracles’ to young women by the use of airbrushing and featuring unrealistic diets. She is a successful politician and from 2005-2009 was the youngest MP in the House of Commons. The country needs more female politicians and she is an excellent advocate, flying the flag high for those interested in a career in the sector.
- Oprah Winfrey. As a child I use to sit and watch her chat show after school. Without a doubt she influenced me growing up and is my personal role model. She has an incredible way of relating to people and I admire her vulnerability, openness and ability to inspire others. She is the richest black woman globally, considered to be the most influential woman in America and she uses her wealth to help educate young girls in South Africa. She used her talent to build a platform – a popular TV show which 40 million people would watch - and address serious topical issues.
- Sara Blakely changed women’s lives by founding big knickers Spanx! They're magic knickers which suck you in, smooth out your lines and make dresses look fantastic. Sara invented the technology and patented the idea whilst working full time in a job. In 2000 Oprah Winfrey named Spanx as her product of the year and sales took off! On QVC shopping channel they sold 8000 pairs in the first 6 minutes. She is the first self-made billionaire and set up the Sara Blakely Foundation to help women through education and entrepreneurial training.
International Women’s Day 2014 is on Saturday 8th March. Here, our Inspirational Parent and Kiddicare ambassador Claire Young, nominates 12 iconic women who truly rock; women leading the way with their accomplishments, successes and triumphs.
“Oh wow have spent afternoon having cuddles with babies! seriously excited now! Thank u 2 all the mums & babies who came to @kiddicare today.” @KatiePiper_ on Twitter
Kiddicare ambassador and Inspirational Parent Katie Piper is due to have her first baby in March 2014. Here she shares the ten can’t-live-without-them essentials that have got her through her pregnancy…