Category Archives: babies

Advent in Art #2: The Visitation

Nine months is a long time to wait, but thousands of years is longer. Week two of this year’s Advent in Art cycle places the Christmas story in context of a much larger narrative of hope and a longing for justice. As we meet them in today’s painting, Mary and Elizabeth, like all mothers around the […]

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December Babies (SBJ, Jesus and Me)

This time a year ago I was celebrating my birthday by cuddling my baby – with my arms instead of my uterus – having just met him on the outside for the first time. SBJ was born thirty-four years-minus-four-hours after me, and conveniently arrived at 11.10pm, just squeaking in to get his own birthday. Not […]

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Community and Competitive Parenting

In A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor gives the news each week from the township of Lake Wobegon, where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.’ It’s not just Lake Wobegon. Some friends of ours observed the amusing number of parents around them who considered […]

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Six reasons to go to SPACE

Comets, obviously. Wormholes, red dwarves, Saturn’s rings, the Oort Cloud. Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’ve resorted to a cheap trick to suck you in: this is another kind of SPACE. SPACE is a playgroup programme for first-time parents and their babies run nationwide by the Playcentre movement. Some of the team at the Specialist Maternal Mental […]

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How It Is #3: What to Say to Someone with Postnatal Depression

  The numbers are clear.  If you know a few parents, you know someone who’s had postnatal depression, whether they blogged about it or not. In response to my posts about my experiences, here and here, I’ve discovered half a dozen of my friends have been through it recently, and another few a long time […]

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