Scratch just below the surface and you will find a family who is grieving the loss of three children.
I was in a state of complete shock. But even then, with the world spinning crazily and darkness threatening to engulf me, I knew that I had managed to do the most important thing - ensure both the safety of myself and that of my child.
We took our seven-year-old son out of school at the end of third term last year after seeing him becoming increasingly unhappy at school and his behaviour disruptive and uninvolved. EB member and Mum Cindy shares her experience of home-schooling.
Anne shares the experience of her traumatic first birth and her successful attempt at a vaginal birth after caesar (VBAC) to deliver her second child.
My third child was born after a successful vaginal birth after two caesars (VBA2C) - drug and intervention free at the local public hospital.
I was just so happy and so proud of myself, not just for having a VBAC but for being able to be in control of my birth experience.
I always dreamed of having two children. A boy and a girl. Perfect, a pigeon pair as some may say. I married the love of my life. We welcomed our first child into the world in 2005, our beautiful son Kobe and our second child Sienna, a little girl in 2008.
My two gorgeous sons have a life threatening type of allergy called anaphylaxis. It's a very severe form of allergic reaction that must be treated as a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
In two years, my bouncy child had become withdrawn, clingy and competitive. She started comparing herself to others—a strategy common in schools focused on producing academic achievers.
It wasn’t until I became a mother that I really understood the significance of mother’s day. Unfortunately, that mother’s day – my first – turned out to be mum’s last. And it breaks my heart to know that I didn’t get to share it with her.
Sophie Smith is a person whose story any person can relate to. Sophie faced the greatest of hurdles, loss and tragedy, yet her defiance, her courage; her practicality in each and every circumstance provides us all hope.