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Quite simply if it wasn’t for healthworkers both myself and MasterB would be dead and buried by now. I don’t make a big thing out of our birth story, it’s much easier to focus on the positives but february 14th 2011 could have been the day we both died if it wasn’t for healthworkers.
From the emergency paramedics who arrived within 5 minutes of us phoning 999, the ambulance crew which arrived 5 minutes later, the midwives, nurses, operating team, the surgeon who managed to finally get MasterB breathing after 5 minutes, the theatre team who pumped back 9 units of blood into my body after I lost almost 3.5 litres of it. The neonatal team who cared for MasterB for the 16 days before I could bring him home. Needless to say I am very lucky and extremely thankful that I live in the UK today and have access to so many healthworkers to care for me.
Sadly we were one of the lucky ones, doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to saving children’s lives. But there’s a massive shortfall of health workers in the world’s poorest countries. As ever, the poorest and most vulnerable are hardest hit. Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives.
On Tuesday Christine Mosler from Thinly Spread will attend the UN General Assembly in New York. She’s going to pressure David Cameron to play his full part in solving the health worker crisis. She’s done it before and she can do it again. We can help her.
This e-petition from Save The Children aims to have 60,000 signatures by that time. Please sign here.
Michelle from Mummy From The Heart and Gemma from Hello, It’s Gemma have a blog-hop to help raise awareness of the need for healthcare workers. “Write your 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life.”
How can you help?
1) Sign the petition above.
2) Join the blog hop and spread the word!
3) Tweet and get social using #healthworkers
Let’s get those signatures and show how much we care!
Don’t worry you aren’t going crazy, things are moving around a bit on here on the moment as I’m revamping my blog
Do you like my lovely new header? It was made for me by Charis at Name Art
Hopefully things will settle down soon once I stop moving everything around but in the meantime if there is anything you particularly like / don’t like then please let me know
PS If anyone has chance could you please test the social media buttons for me on the right as not sure whether they work or not (well they work for me as I’m logged into them all but not sure whether they work for guests?)
I was listening to this in the car the other day and it brought the memories flooding back so I thought I’d share a song with you. Not a traditional wedding song choice but hey I’m not your traditional type of girl And yes it’s true I walked down the aisle to a Morrissey song – well ok it was the instrumental version. I give you Interlude by Morrissey and Siousxie
PS dont panic when you see the start of the video – its clean I promise
I’m linking this up for Tracks of My Years over at The Mad House Blog
Today the nation goes to the polls to vote in a referendum, a referendum to decide whether we want a new voting system here. Well yes I do want a new voting system, I think that the current first past the post system is unfair and I think we need to change but what we have been offered as an alternative (the alternative vote system) is a very poor substitute for what I really want which is proportional representation which is by far a much fairer system than either of the two options that we have to vote for. Its not like I don’t understand the options or haven’t researched them. My husband teaches politics so I am probably more informed about the options that your average Joe Bloggs on the street
It means that I am facing a dilemma here, I hate the Tories and really don’t want to side with them by voting for FPTP but I have also fallen out with the Lib Dems who have sold out in a coalition, gone back on half of their election promises and generally proved themselves to be a weak party. I will add at this point that whereas I used to sometimes vote for the LibDems, in the general election I voted Labour as I could see this happening and decided to use my vote tactically and vote Labour instead.
So there we have it, I don’t want to vote for either option thank you very much. Now having come to this conclusion it would be very easy for me to just not bother turning out to vote but I can’t do that. You see many women fought hard to get me and every woman the right to vote and I appreciate this, I don’t want to be recognised as one of those people who can’t be bothered to turn up and be part of the no show statistics.
And so today I will turn out to vote, I will go to the polling station, pick up my ballot form and when I get to the booth I will add another option to my form, I will add proportional representation and place my X next to that. Yes it won’t achieve anything, it will be classed as a spoilt ballot but I will still be included in turnout figures, I will still be one of those people that exercised my right to vote, I will still be showing my appreciation to those who fought to get me that right, I just won’t be voting for either of the options available.
The lovely Keira from Mamascarf has offered me a pair of NEC Baby Show tickets to give away to one of my readers. She will be on stand M10 so make sure you pop by and say hello!
Mamascarf is an award winning breastfeeding scarf that not only allows mothers to breastfeed stylishly and discreetly but also provides essential support without the need for a cushion.
The Mamascarf can be worn as a scarf, or neatly folded away. It even comes complete with a hidden pocket to store your breastpad.
- It is easy to use and won’t draw attention to you.
- Less distraction for your baby.
- Hides your post pregnancy tummy.
- Covers you before and after feeding.
- 100% cotton and machine washable at 30 degrees.
- The perfect gift idea for someone special who is pregnant.
- Was invented by a breastfeeding mum for other breastfeeding mums!
- One size fits all.
- You can still see your baby and maintain eye contact.
- New improved soft tactile cotton.
- Can be used to feed any age baby.
- The textured fabric is great for disguising creases.
To enter all you need to do is the following:
Go and “like” Mamascarf’s Facebook page here then pop back and leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done it, make sure you leave me a twitter ID or email address so we can contact you if you win!
For an extra chance of winning tweet the following message and then leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done it.
“I’ve entered to win tickets for the baby show at the NEC from @mamascarf and @dawnie_brown http://wp.me/pWTCL-g0 ”
Max 2 entries per person
Winner will be picked on Sun 1st May at 7pm.
This May The Baby Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC to offer must have products, free expert advice and an unrivalled shopping experience for parents and parents-to-be.
In just one day visitors can shop for everything they need from the widest range of products including all the baby brands mums love. Shopping at The Show means huge savings can be enjoyed on 1000s of must have baby and maternity products as The Baby Show offers tons of exclusive deals and unbeatable prices. What’s more, new and expectant parents can try before they buy ensuring peace of mind.
At The Show world-leading experts will be on head to offer complementary sessions giving out professional advice and tips. Breastfeeding specialist Clare Byam-Cook, nutrition expert Annabel Karmel and the British Red Cross will all be on hand to dish out their professional expertise. Plus, Next will be offering maternity wear consultations to ensure all mummies stay yummy before, during and after pregnancy. The Baby Show is great day out for all the family.
Last year I went to The Baby Show at the NEC with my sister and we had a great time, this year we are also planning on going as between us we’ve had another 2 babies since then! The Baby Show have asked me to write a guest post for their blog on life with two small children and you can read it here The Baby Show Blog . They are going to give away a pair of tickets to one person who comments on the post so pop on over there and leave a comment giving me some advice or even just offering me some sympathy The winner will be selected from all comments on my guest post on Weds 20th April at 8am so hurry as you’ve only got 24 hours to enter!!