Whether you prefer to watch, read or listen we’ve got something for everyone! All content featured below is related to being a parent in some way. However, if self development is more your bag, we’ve got something for you too babe, just head to our “mum life crisis” page and nourish that beautiful mind.
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Books For / About Mums:
The Unmumsy Mum – THIS IS NOT A PARENTING MANUAL. THIS IS REAL LIFE.
The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…
The Unmumsy Mum Diary – She’s back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it. Her words have made mums, dads and grandparents everywhere laugh and cry in equal measure.
In The Unmumsy Mum Diary Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author. With her trademark candour and wit, she documents the good days and the bad days, the giggles and the tantrums. She’ll also share poignant, life-changing moments from her year, such as her older son heading off through the school gates for the first time.
The Unmumsy Mum Diary is as honest as it is hilarious and a peek into Sarah’s innermost thoughts will leave you in no doubt that, on those days when you feel you are not quite cut out for the job, you are most definitely not alone.
The Unmumsy Mum A-Z – From bestselling author and massively popular blogger The Unmumsy Mum comes this hilarious, irreverent and searingly candid compendium of parenting experiences. With entries including D is for Desperation, F is for Fish Fingers, S is for Supermum and V is for Vagina, it’s safe to say this is not your average A-Z..
This book won’t tell you what sort of parent you should (or shouldn’t) be; instead, it offers a refreshingly honest account of what being a mum to three young children is really like and the surprising lessons that have been learned along the way.
If you feel as though you’re not ‘measuring up’ or are struggling to #cherisheverymoment, Sarah’s tales from the thick of it will reassure and resonate with you. Above all, her commitment to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will make you laugh out loud and remind you that you are, in fact, doing a great job.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother – It’s about time we made motherhood more diverse…
When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the glossy magazine photos of women in horizontal stripe tops and the pinned discussions on mumsnet about what pushchair to buy. Leafing through the piles of prenatal paraphernalia, she found herself wondering: “Where are all the black mothers?”.
Candice started blogging about motherhood in 2016 after making the simple but powerful observation that the way motherhood is portrayed in the British media is wholly unrepresentative of our society at large.
The result is this thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a black mother. It explores the various stages in between pregnancy and waving your child off at the gates of primary school, while facing hurdles such as white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias at every point. Candice does so with her trademark sense of humour and refreshing straight-talking, and the result is a call-to-arms that will allow mums like her to take control, scrapping the parenting rulebook to mother their own way.
Sleep Is For The Weak – Sleep Is For The Weak may cause Gina Ford to have contented kittens. It might even force Supernanny to throw herself off the naughty step, but it will certainly provide some welcome comfort and comical light relief to exhausted parents suffering from sleep-deprivation! It features humorous alternatives to `useful’ sleep advice while offering inspiration, laughter and survival strategies for mums and dads struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel of tiredness. Including chapters `What to Expect (When Nothing Is Anything Like You Expected When You Were Expecting)’ and `How Not To Lose Friends and Irritate People When You Have Babies’, this book will make even the most stressed parent laugh. Combining Emily-Jane’s own experiences in emotive detail (the good, the bad and the funny) with a series of tongue-in-cheek guides, charts, subversive imagery and NO-sleep solutions, this is a source of inspiration and hope for new mums and dads
How To Talk To Kids So They Will Listen And Listen So They Will Talk – The number one practical guide to making your family life less stressful and more rewarding. In this international bestseller, experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish provide effective step by step techniques to help you improve and enrich your relationships with your children.
Learn how to:
Break a pattern of arguments
Cope with negative feelings
Engage your child’s cooperation
Set clear limits and maintain goodwill
Express your emotions without being hurtful
Resolve conflicts peacefully
The Gentle Eating Book
The Gentle Sleep Book
The Gentle Parenting Book
The Gentle Discipline Book
The Gentle Potty Training Book
Sarah ockwell-smith gentle sleep 5 books collection set. Description The Gentle Sleep Book A large percentage of parents find their young child’s sleep – or lack of – challenging. This new book from Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm, will be an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they are facing with their child’s sleep The Gentle Parenting Book Parenting trends come and go. Gentle parenting is different – it isn’t a label for a precise set of rules but a method of parenting that embraces the needs of parent and child, while being mindful of current science and child psychology. The Gentle Discipline Book Do you want to raise a well-behaved, happy child but feel that common forms of discipline used today, which focus on rewarding, excluding or punishing children, don’t work for your family? The Gentle Eating Book Most parents worry about their child’s eating at some point. Common concerns include picky eating in toddlerhood, sweet cravings and vegetable avoidance in the early school years and dieting and worries about weight in the tween and teenage years. The Gentle Potty Training Book ‘A practical guide to helping your child through one of the most important developmental stages of early childhood’ – Green Parent Book of the Month
Happy Mum Happy Baby – A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.
Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.
But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer ‘advice’ on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.
Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.
This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.
The Mother Of All Jobs – It’s time for a different conversation about working and parenting. As our working days get ever longer and our phones keep so many of us glued to work, the needs of our children and the world of school and childcare has not changed at all. School summer holidays are still longer than our annual leave. Working mothers everywhere are tearing themselves apart, trying to meet the needs of their children, their relationships and their careers and too often feeling like they are failing. So is there a solution?
When Christine Armstrong became a mother, it never occurred to her that she would want to give up her job. But the truth is, combining work and small kids is hard, and when Christine tried it, she found herself desolate with misery. Determined to find a way forward, she looked for answers by interviewing other working mums and found that she wasn’t alone. The Mother of All Jobs brings together the wisdom of the women who opened up about everything (and we mean everything) into a manifesto for happy professional families. Ignoring the glossy lives presented on social media, this book shows that, while it s not always pretty, working parents can thrive if they have the knowledge others learnt the hard way.
Raising Multiracial Children – The essential guide to parenting multiracial and multiethnic children of all ages–and learning to nourish, support, and celebrate their multiracial identity.
While one of the fastest growing demographics in the US is comprised of people who identify as two or more races, parents of multiethnic kids are still seeking practical, accessible, and up-to-date books written just for them. In a world where people are more likely to proclaim colorblindness than talk openly about race, how can we truly value, support, and celebrate our kids’ identity? How can we assess our own sense of racial readiness, and develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing multiracial children today?
Raising Multiracial Children gives parents the tools for exploring race with their children, offering practical guidance on how to initiate conversations; consciously foster multicultural identity development; discuss issues like microaggressions, intersectionality, and privilege; and intentionally cultivate a sense of belonging. It provides an overview of key issues and current topics relevant to raising multiracial children and offers strategies that can be implemented in the classroom and at home, with developmentally appropriate milestones from infancy through adulthood. The book ends with resources and references for further learning and exploration.
The Positive Birth Book – Work out what kind of birth you really want, and learn how to maximise your chances of getting it, in this refreshing, warm and witty guide to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks. Packed with vital and cutting-edge information on everything from building the ultimate birth plan, to your choices and rights in the birth room; from optimal cord clamping, to seeding the microbiome; from the inside track on breastfeeding, to woman-centred caesarean, The Positive Birth Book shows you how to have the best possible birth, regardless of whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in the birth centre, at home or by elective caesarean. Find out how the environment you give birth in, your mindset and your expectations can influence the kind of birth you have, and be inspired by the voices of real women, who tell you the truth about what giving birth really feels like.
Challenging negativity and fear of childbirth, and brimming with everything you need to know about labour, birth, and the early days of parenting, The Positive Birth Book is the must-have birth book for women of the 21st century.
Parenting The Shit Out Of Life – MOTHER PUKKA AND PAPA PUKKA offer you this: a book that will not help you grow or raise a human successfully, but a book that might, if you’re not too emotionally battered – and can see past the permanent eye twitch – help you laugh a little more than you cry.
This is one couple’s take on the horrors and humour of modern parenting told from his side and hers: honest, sad and laugh-out-loud funny. It will speak to anyone with a child or children of their own – or to those hoping to take that monumental step. It may not be easy and you might have no idea what you are doing but, as the Pukkas demonstrate, with a bit of teeth-gnashing, tongue-chewing and joke-cracking, you too will be parenting the sh*t out of life.
Little Book Of Self Care For New Mums – Read this book for an instant pick-me-up. Whether this is your first or fifth baby, The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums is your handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum.
Bringing together decades of experience from a midwife and a doula, you’ll find invaluable tips and tricks to boost confidence and calm frazzled nerves – plus answers to all those questions you may be too embarrassed to ask. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to easy recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this is the book you can turn to when the overwhelm sets in. Beautifully illustrated in full-colour, it covers everything you need to know about the postnatal period to feel supported, empowered and understood.
Parenting For Liberation – Speaking directly to parents raising Black children in a world of police brutality, racialised violence, and disenfranchisement, this guidebook combines powerful storytelling with practical exercises, encouraging readers to imagine methods of parenting rooted in liberation rather than fear. Parenting for liberation written by activist and mother Trina Greene Brown who founded the multimedia platform of the same name, fills a critical gap in currently available resources for liberated parenting. Pairing personal stories from her successful podcast series with open-ended prompts designed to inspire reflection and creativity, the book provides guidance for those seeking to dismantle harmful narratives about the Black family, initiate difficult conversations on social issues with their children, and find community with other parents who share their struggle.
Lost in Motherhood – Best described as The Wrong Knickers for mums, in this wry, resonant and darkly funny memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores motherhood as an issue of identity.
What begins as shock and then denial of how your life will change has to become acceptance when you’re too big to walk/waddle/work; you’re fully repurposed now; you’re a mum, in everything you do, and everyone knows it. From the physical and emotional changes you encounter to the way your agenda and daily life is altered, your identity is constantly up for redefinition. As the friends and colleagues who shape and support your sense of self slip away, work dwindles as every hour becomes a moment you should be with your child, and your confidence is knocked by the constant feedback from everyone, you try and fit in everywhere – old life, new life – and don’t fit anywhere. It’s the identity crisis that no woman is immune to, belying the credo that being a mother is the most natural thing a girl could do.
Grace has experienced mum rage, mom jeans, mum-tum, mum-hair and had to put on her mum face to cope with it all. These are the truths of motherhood too uncomfortable to flow forth at your NCT meet-ups. From bad sex, messed-up friendships and irretrievable labia to questioning everything and everyone around you.
The hilarious book follows Grace’s journey from a young married woman at the top of her editorial game in London, to a thirty-something mum, confused as to how she can love someone as much as her daughter and yet feel lost as a person.
Compulsively readable, irresistibly written and incredibly well-observed, Grace Timothy’s searingly-honest account of motherhood is essential reading for every mum trying to find their way after the mother of all identity crises.
Freelance Mum – More time with your kids, making the money you know you re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums.
In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life around her family.
From choosing a career and launching a website, to getting your name out there and perfecting your brand, to the nitty gritty of childcare options and daily routines, The Freelance Mum is a comprehensive guide to setting out on your own path.
Using her own experience, alongside advice from other mums that make it work, including Arianna Huffington, Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts, Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey, Sali Hughes and Anna Jones, Annie will show that with hard work and determination, any mother can thrive as a freelancer.
The Conscious Parent – Conscious parenting is about becoming mindful of your behaviour and engaging with your child as an individual.
Dr Tsabary inspires parents to get back in touch with their emotions and shed the layers of baggage they have inherited during their own life and are unconsciously heaping on their children. As they become ‘conscious’ in their parenting, so parents can transform their relationship with their offspring and raise happy, well-adjusted children.
The Conscious Parent is already transforming the way people are parenting through its sales in the US where it’s spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Oprah described the book as ‘The most profound book on parenting I’ve ever read’ and Eckhart Tolle has said ‘becoming a conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give your child.’
No Bad Kids – Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her twenty years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. “No Bad Kids” is a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. It covers such common topics as punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums, hitting, and more. “No Bad Kids” provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children’s eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.
What Have I done? – This is a raw, courageous and honest recovery story that breaks the silence on one of life’s best-kept secrets. Written from the front-line of mental illness, this heartbreaking and uplifting memoir is about resilience, love and finding your way to the other side.
Laura couldn’t wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery – all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.
As many as 8 out of 10 new mums struggle in the weeks after birth. Laura had never experienced mental illness before and was reassured by family, friends and professionals that what she was feeling was ‘normal.’ But in Laura’s case these feelings escalated scarily quickly into post-partum psychosis; a rare and debilitating illness. Within a matter of days Laura became paranoid, delusional and suicidal. And when her baby was just three weeks old, on Mother’s Day, Laura was institutionalised without her baby. Throughout this time she was haunted by a sense of: ‘What have I done?’
It wasn’t until Laura began to put her story into words (on her phone whilst her son slept) that she began to find herself again and recovery seemed within reach; these are those words.
Despite this gruelling experience, Laura’s story is a hopeful one. Not only has she got better, she has come out the other side stronger and more assured. Now she is determined to break the stigma around post-natal mental health, shatter the romanticised expectations of perfect motherhood, and to empower parents: you are not alone.
The Black Parenting Book – “The Black Parenting Book” is a brilliant general parenting manual for baby and child care through the first five years. It combines medical know-how and expert parenting advice with perspectives unique to black parenting. For example, black children are more at-risk than white in matters such as obesity, asthma, death from falls, inadvertent poisoning, loss of self-esteem and racism, all of which are dealt with sensitively and practically. It’s a really positive and wonderfully written sourcebook for parents. Together, the experienced trio of authors cover a variety of topics, including hair and body care, health and nutrition, spirituality and religion, cultural pride and self-esteem, and much more, making this an essential guide to caring for black children during the crucial first five years. How do I find a paediatrician who shares my values? What developmental milestones should I watch for? Should I straighten my child’s hair? What should I say to my child about race? Are all-black nursery schools best? When do I find time for myself?
Mind Over Mother – Baby-proof the house; panic-proof the mum.
Do you overthink what you said to the mum in the supermarket queue? Is your internal dialogue more critical than kind? Perhaps you wake to check your baby is breathing, or the sight of a rash sends you down an internet search rabbit hole. Whatever your level of anxiety, however much it impacts your life, this book is for you.
Anxiety is making motherhood a less pleasant, more fraught and pressured experience, and we do not have to accept joy-sapping worry and energy-draining overthinking as part of the motherhood job description. In Mind Over Mother, Anna Mathur, psychotherapist and mum of three, explains how to:
* Understand anxiety, why it affects you and what to do about it
* Make your mind a kinder, calmer, happier place to be
* Transform your motherhood experience by addressing your thinking
The most powerful tool Anna has to communicate this isn’t the letters after her name, it is the fact that she is open about her own experience of maternal anxiety. By sharing her journey, she gives you the confidence to reframe yours.
Mind Over Mother is full of light bulb moments of realisation. It will have you learning, laughing and loving yourself through the journey of motherhood. You will learn to address the most important conversation you’ll ever have – the one inside your head, because investing in your mental health is the best gift you can offer yourself and your baby.
Mother Truths – Mother Truths is a funny, raw and viscerally real collection of poetry about early motherhood. It comprises of 38 poems and includes the viral hit ‘That First Year’.
A beautiful, deeply personal and extremely relatable must-read for any new mother that will undoubtedly bring much comfort (and a few tears) during the ups and downs of those first few years postpartum.
Mother Truths doesn’t shy away from the difficult subjects but instead brings voice to the many vulnerable and unspoken truths of early motherhood. There is lightness and comedy to be found too and an overriding sense of love for her son which bounces off the page.
This is an authentic and empowering tale of one first-time mother finding her own voice through parenting which depicts the journey of simultaneously losing and finding oneself in motherhood. From insecure and overwhelmed to finding her feet and discovering the quiet ferocity of the gentle mother through attachment parenting. Hear her roar!
This collection of poetry will amuse and move readers in equal measure.
Raised By Unicorns – In recent years, the world has been saturated by endless blogs, articles, and books devoted to the subject of LGBTQ+ parenting. On the flip side, finding stories written by the children of LGBTQ+ parents is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Now that the world is more accepting than ever of non-traditional families, it’s time to create a literary space for this not-so-unique, shared, but completely individual experience.
In Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents, Frank Lowe has carefully edited an anthology that reflects on the upbringing of children in many different forms of LGBTQ+ families. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, it features diverse stories that express the distinctiveness of this shared journey and of each particular family. It’s visceral, raw, and not always pretty, but love is always the common thread.
Lowe candidly reveals true accounts of this particular niche of humanity, while simultaneously creating a moving snapshot of the world in which we live. Raised by Unicorns guides the reader through an empathetic journey that is nothing short of compelling and poignant. We’ve all heard the phrase raised by wolves. Now we have a window into the complex world of being Raised by Unicorns.
Why Breastfeeding Grief and Trauma Matter – A startlingly large number of women who want to breastfeed have to stop before they are ready, leaving them feeling a range of negative emotions, including grief, anger, guilt, shame and frustration, and often blaming themselves. But in a society that places little value on breastfeeding and mothers’ feelings, their painful stories are often swept under the carpet to the detriment of women’s mental health and experience of new motherhood.
Professor Amy Brown has researched what breastfeeding really means to women, how they can feel when things don’t go according to plan and importantly, how we can change things for the next generation of women. Her findings make fascinating reading for anyone with personal experience of breastfeeding difficulties, those who support mothers to make infant feeding decisions that are right for them, or those who simply want to be part of changing the conversation.
Hold Onto Your Kids – Children take their lead from their friends: being ‘cool’ matters more than anything else. Shaping values, identity and codes of behaviour, peer groups are often far more influential than parents.
But this situation is far from natural, and it can be dangerous – it undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming conformist, anxious and alienated.
In Hold on to Your Kids, acclaimed physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté joins forces with Gordon Neufeld, a psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting. Together they pinpoint the causes of this breakdown and offer practical advice on how to ‘reattach’ to sons and daughters, establish the hierarchy at home, make children feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love. This updated edition also addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media.
By helping to reawaken our instincts, Maté and Neufeld empower parents to be what nature intended: a true source of contact, security and warmth for their children.
Managing The Motherload – A candid, humorous, and heartfelt guide to self-care in motherhood from a meditation expert and mother-of-five.
Managing the Motherload is a practical system for sanity from a happy, ultra-productive, and sometimes tired mother of five. This four-part system will help readers create a life that they love while allowing all the items on their to-do list to flourish in their own time.
In the book, mediation guide, popular YouTuber, and yoga instructor Rebekah (Bex) Borucki features her favorite healing and stress-reducing modalities, including her signature 4-minute meditations.
Deeply personal, heartfelt stories of her struggles and tender moments raising five children will be highlighted throughout the book. As a birth doula and meditation and yoga guide, Bex offers a wealth of personal and professional experience in managing the demands of motherhood and the need for self-care and stress management.
Mom Truths – Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days after giving birth (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to dodge post-partum sex, Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths shares everything no one will tell you about having kids.
Mixing memoir, humor, and advice, Cat and Nat tell never-before-told stories about the stress, guilt, joy, and laundry (oh the laundry!) of being a mom in their first book. With seven kids between them and millions of fans on social media, they get real about the parts of parenting that somehow don’t make the Instagram feed. Sharing their outrageous humor, fearless myth-busting, and genuine comfort on every page, they walk you from pregnancy to the toddler years and beyond. And they dole out ridiculously honest advice, like what you think you need at the hospital when you have your first baby (lip gloss) versus what you actually need (hemorrhoid pillow), and how worried you should really be about germs (less than you are). Fearless crusaders against the perfection myth and all the gluten-free, sugar-free baking it entails, Cat and Nat assure you that you’re already doing a great job, making this an essential companion for moms everywhere.
Playgroups and Prosecco –
Jaffa Cakes – 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed.
Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.
The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)
Why Mummy Drinks –
Tuesday 8th September
First day back at school. I am going to 100% nail being a school mummy this year. I can totally do this. Yes, this year is definitely going to be much better – I am absolutely not going to shout at the children, let them stuff their faces with crisps or goggle away on the iPad. And I most certainly will not slump on the sofa at the end of the day, glugging wine and muttering ‘FML’ repeatedly.Unfortunately I have not yet actually managed to buy the bento boxes for their lunches or book jiu jitsu lessons, and I will have to learn to like green tea, as it is foul, and I have not yet mastered French plaits, but I am quietly confident that these are mere details in my grand master plan…
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad – Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? is a warm and funny look at one man’s adventures in fatherhood. Bucatinsky had been with his partner Don for 12 years when they decided to have a child. By the end of 2004, they were matched with a birth mother-a chain smoking, binge drinking, tattooed teen from Wisconsin. Eliza Rose was born in March of 2005. Two and a half years later, the same woman delivered a baby boy, Jonah, into their arms as well.
During that time, and since then, Bucatinsky has written a collection of essays that detail his adventures as a new father. The essays range from a moving reflection on losing his father just as he’s becoming one, to the downright hilarious story of the day he took his daughter to the bathroom and she asked him to smell her fingers. Over time these essays have expanded into ruminations about how all aspects of his life have been impacted by having kids. Simultaneously poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Bucatinsky’s stories pierce the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation.
Give Birth Like A Feminist – Birth is a feminist issue. It’s the feminist issue nobody’s talking about.
For too long women have been told, ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’. This book dares to say women matter too.
Finally blasting the feminist spotlight into the labour ward, Milli Hill encourages women everywhere to stand and deliver, insisting that birth is no longer left off the list in discussions about female power, control and agency.
From the importance of birth plans to your human rights in childbirth, and including birth stories from women across the world, this call-to-arms will help you find your voice, take an active role in your choices, and change the way you think about childbirth.
Praise for Give Birth Like a Feminist
Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways To Make Your Birth Better – Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way women around the world approach and experience birth. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women – and their birth partners – so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world.
In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience – from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre.
So, what is hypnobirthing? Essentially, it’s a form of antenatal education, an approach to birth that is both evidence-based and logical. Hypnobirthing certainly doesn’t involve being hypnotised; instead, it teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour and how you can use various relaxation techniques to ensure you are working with your body (rather than against it), making birth more efficient and comfortable.
Siobhan’s advice and guidance will change your mindset and enable you to navigate your birth with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout.
By the time you finish this book you’ll feel relaxed, capable and genuinely excited about giving birth.
Your Baby Your Birth – Your Baby, Your Birth is a truly modern hypnobirthing book for ALL births.
In-demand hypnobirthing coach Hollie de Cruz provides you with the skills and tools to make any birth feel safe, calm, connected and empowering. Drawing on her experience working with new mums, including Fearne Cotton and Giovanna Fletcher, Hollie de Cruz helps you prepare for a positive (not ‘perfect’) birth experience and approach motherhood with confidence in yourself and your instincts. Your Baby, Your Birth will teach you:
– That birth is safe – listen to your body, embrace the changes, prepare your mind and relax during pregnancy
– Exercises and breathing techniques for labour and birth for you and your birth partner, along with guided meditations to keep you calm and engaged
– How to trust your instincts, understand your body and baby, and make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy and beyond
Hollie de Cruz, creator of the award-winning yesmum positive affirmation cards, is renowned for demystifying hypnobirthing and her down-to-earth, realistic approach is highly sought after.
Whatever kind of birth you are planning, let Hollie de Cruz provide you with a set of deep relaxation, mindfulness and meditation tools for an empowering experience.
The Motherkind – Motherhood is incredible. It’s also incredibly challenging, especially with the high pressured, fast paced world we live in today. The Motherkind Podcast hosted by Motherkind founder and coach Zoe Blaskey, is on a mission to bring you some of the best wellbeing teachers in the world to help you find your calm, happy place in the madness of modern mum life. Each episode features a different teacher from the world of self-development and wellbeing or a mum on a path of self-enquiry. We cover everything from how to stay calm in a toddler meltdown, to dealing with anxiety, to self care and simple tools to help you have a better day.
NATAL – NATAL is a podcast docuseries about having a baby while Black in the United States. We pass the mic to Black parents, to tell their stories in their own words, about their pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care, in their own words. The docuseries also highlights the birthworkers, medical professionals, researchers, and advocates fighting daily for better care for Black birthing parents.
Good Moms Bad Choices – Erica & Milah, 2 uncensored sex + cannabis positive parents challenging the stereotypes of single parenting & life every Wednesday night.
Get Your Glow Back – Get Your Glow Back (GYGB) podcast is a wellness podcast for mums. Each week, I, Madeleine Shaw (author, nutritional therapist and chef) will chat openly and honestly with a new guest. We’ll be covering the difficult task of navigating motherhood – from sleeping, to encouraging your kids to eat well to strengthening your pelvic floor, and of course loving and looking after your amazing self! #GYGB is an all-inclusive, supportive podcast where we will share actionable steps and tools to help you get your glow back – not to be missed!
In ‘Made By Mammas: The Podcast’, TV Presenter & Radio Broadcaster Zoe Hardman combined with PR Executive Georgia Dayton bring their mummy blog to life as they discuss the baby brands they love, the products they swear by and the experiences they’ve been through during the first year and a half of motherhood.
Each episode sees Zoe and Georgia chat to a famous face or an expert in their field on a host of topics ranging from pregnancy to sleep to activities to do with little ones, and so much more!
Your go-to for non-judgemental advice, support and a bit of love.
Sisters in Loss – Sisters in Loss podcast spotlights faith filled black women who share their grief and loss stories and testimonies. Black women experience miscarriage and stillbirth four times more than white women according to the NIH and CDC. Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, are trying to conceive or have an infertility diagnosis, you will learn about resources and strategies to heal, gain clarity, peace, hope, and find an empowering path forward after loss. Join Erica M. McAfee weekly as she interviews Sisters in Loss who have healed from such a painful and traumatic experience by sharing their testimonies to inspire and help others to turn their pain into their purpose.
Happy Mum Happy Baby – In the Happy Mum, Happy Baby Podcast, Giovanna Fletcher continues the conversation about motherhood she began in her bestselling book of the same title. In a series of frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads, Gi discusses all aspects of parenthood – the highs, the lows, the challenges and rewards. There is no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all simply doing our best, something Giovanna fully encourages. It’s time to stop comparing ourselves and champion each other instead. Each episode is truly unique yet unifying. No topic is out of bounds, therefore this podcast is essential listening for any parent seeking solidarity and support.
Modern Mommies – Rachael and Aziza are two Mom’s in their 20s just trying to navigate the ins and outs of parenting. Join them as they share parenting tips while knocking down boundaries put in place by society and tradition.
Life of Mummies – First time mums Holly & Sophie , taking each day at a time, with a lot of coffee, no patience and plenty of sleepless nights. The hot guy in our bed was exchanged for a screaming baby and our 3am gin & tonic was replaced with warm baby milk. Our high powered jobs turned into a high powered life changing mission of keeping a baby alive, and a new outfit every weekend turned into the same pyjamas day in day out (washed or not washed…) Our goal is to shed light on the reality of motherhood without the Instagram filter.
The Parent Hood – Ever felt like you don’t have all the answers to parenting? From the founders of The Bump Class, Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt, The Parent Hood gives expert answers to the things parents really want to know about. And it’s not just any information – it’s impartial, engaging and professional advice delivered by experts – a world away from Google. So whether your child has reflux, nits or you’re worried about going back to work, we’ve got it covered.
Shades of Black: Parenting – The place to talk all things being a Black British parent and raising Black children.
Crib Notes – Medical podcast for parents – Crib Notes – Things parents google at 3am. With new mum and Paediatric Doctor Sarah Blackstock and dad-to-be Broadcaster Rick Kelsey. Asking the questions parents search in the middle of the night with leading experts on children’s medical issues.
Mommifaceted – Interviewing successful black moms and moms of color who are juggling motherhood, their careers, and finding balance – all while following their dreams. It’s not perfect, but it’s real motherhood. This podcast tells the journey of black moms owning the many facets of their life whether that’s who to trust to watch their children, working mom life, finding out if balance is possible, self care for mothers, and maintaining relationships. Previous guests on the show have included influencer Mattie James, Julee Wilson, the Beauty Director at Essence Magazine, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of Therapy for Black Girls, and Felecia Hatcher of Black Tech Week, all moms with successful careers. We are more than just moms. Join host, Rachel Pierre for a talk about how to do it all – if that’s even possible.
Babywearing Mama – Welcome to the babywearing mama. Delving deep into motherhood, responsive parenting, building bonds and so much more.
Here We Go Again – Stacey Solomon has just had a baby…several years after her last baby! What’s changed, how are things different, what’s acceptable, what new stuff is there to make the process less daunting? In each episode Stacey sparks debate around all subjects surrounding childbirth and what it means to be a new mum in 2019. From friends popping in, to famous faces and even the possible inclusion of the man who got her into this mess (Joe Swash)….the conversation will flow and the topics will be covered in a similar way to Loose Women……but with parenthood at the centre of the show
Positive Wellbeing Podcast For Mums – Welcome to the Positive Wellbeing Podcast for Mums. A weekly podcast hosted by Emma Cottam, founder and owner of Isabella and Us. and the creator and editor of the Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums. Each episode is filled with topics all about motherhood, wellbeing and self care. Sharing honest stories of motherhood and talking openly on topics surrounding our motherhood journey, leaving you feeling supported, inspired and like you aren’t alone.
Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled – Each episode addresses a reader’s parenting issue through the lens of Janet’s respectful parenting philosophy. Janet is a respected parenting adviser, author, and consultant whose website (JanetLansbury.com) is visited by millions of readers annually. Her work informs, inspires, and supports caregivers of infants and toddlers across the globe, helping to create relationships of respect, trust, and love. Her best-selling books “No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame” and “Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting” are available in all formats at Amazon.
Lockdown Parenting Hell – Comedians and friends Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe chat to famous parents to discuss tales of lockdown parenting.
TV & Film
If you’re into films, why not head to the Everyman Cinema Baby Club (Chose your day -Tuesday/Thursday- then click the more options button and select “baby club”)
- Catastrophe – Channel 4
- Working Mums – Netflix
- Single Parents – Comedy Central
- Teen Mom OG – MTV
- Teen Mum UK – MTV
- Sam and Billie the Mummy Diaries – ITVBe
- The Let Down – Netflix
- Amy Schumer – Growing – Netflix
- First Time Mum – ITVBe
- Bad Moms – Film
- Bad Moms 2 – Film
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” – Roald Dahl