An Auspicious Birth

Just after midnight on Friday 13th June I went into early labour. As I couldn’t sleep, I walked around upstairs and while standing on the landing, noticed a full moon illuminating the dark sky. It filled me with hope, as I knew this meant the birth was imminent. The full moon landing on Friday 13th

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On Becoming a Mother

There’s an ocean of books, magazines and websites devoted to pregnancy but so many of them prey on the vulnerable first-time mother, instilling a sense of fear about every aspect of impending parenthood. That’s why Brigid McConville’s newly-published On Becoming a Mother feels like a gasp of fresh air after swimming underwater. Many women have

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