• MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    PLANNING YOUR BIRTH IN A PANDEMIC

    This week's list comes from Rebecca Trueman who is an antenatal and hypnobirthing teacher, and it's full of suggestions about what you can do to make your birth go a little smoother. With This Is Going To Hurt currently on TV it seemed like a good time to reflect on just how overstretched and understaffed maternity services are. As Rebecca says, it's easy to focus on the bad bits and the worry, and so her list offers some useful advice for planning a birth during a pandemic - and beyond. …

  • EMOTIONAL, MOTHER OF ALL LISTS, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    LOSING A PARENT

    The death of a parent shakes your foundations, it tilts your world and throws you off balance. And here, the actor Emily Bevan intimately writes about her journey through the grief, the exhaustion and the heartbreak of losing her precious dad.…

  • MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    OVERWHELMED & PREGNANT

    In this list, the writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, talks about a side of pregnancy we don't often hear about. It's always expected that people should feel happy, grateful and excited, but what happens if that's not the case? As this writer explains, she found herself floored with anxiety, scared and wondering how on earth she was going to care for a baby that would change her life so completely and permanently…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING

    LIVING LIFE WITH URINARY INCONTINENCE

    Thank you so much to Jo Williams for this incredibly honest list about a subject which, unfortunately, is rarely spoken of. Jo was paralysed after suffering a spinal stroke and here she explains what she's learned from four years of living with urinary incontinence.…

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    MY SON’S AUTISM DIAGNOSIS

    Before having children, you often paint a picture of what you expect life to look like with your new family. But sometimes, that gets turned inside out. When Nicola Jeffrey's son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she suddenly found herself in the unknown; feeling lost, anxious and helpless. But over time, Nicola learned to let go of worrying about the future. She realised autism wasn't something that needed to be 'fixed' and that her son, Scott, is exactly who he is supposed to be.…

  • EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH

    TOXIC LOVE

    This list is shocking - and incredibly brave - as the writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, details exactly what she went through in an emotionally, physically and sexually abusive relationship. The trauma she suffered is horrendous, but 10 years on, she is safe and supported. Please be aware, there are some distressing moments in this list. …

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    MOTHERHOOD AFTER BREAST CANCER

    At the age of just 31 Annabel Chown was told she had breast cancer. In this honest and inspiring list, she explains how this diagnosis went on to affect all aspects of her life, including relationships, fertility issues, her decision around a double mastectomy and what this would mean if she had a baby…

  • MENTAL HEALTH

    DEPRESSION AND ME

    This list from Natasha Evans about her experience of suffering from depression is upsetting and powerful, but above all it's incredibly honest. Here she details the ups and downs of her life, how she kept going at the lowest of moments when her mind turned against her, and how she slowly began to recover. …