Children

Children

Its been a while since I’ve published a post. Accompanying Miriam  through her labour and meeting the lovely Hassan was the culmination of where I had wanted to be for a long, long time. I have not felt the need to write so much since then. But for anyone following my new life here is  an update before I properly go offline  for a while. Over the last six weeks I have been spending a lot of time with  Hassan and Miriam. It’s been an honour to see Hassan’s development over that time from  an unfocussed newborn baby to one who is growing out of 0-3 month babygrows and seems already to be very much aware of what is going on around him. I have also continued to see some of “my” older babies – its extraordinary how quickly they start to look like small children.

Since I retired in May the only times I have felt unhappy are when I have looked outside of my personal life to the often depressing and occasionally frightening world around me. Its probably because my life is full of children these days that a report in today’s Guardian reduced me to enraged tears. Analysis by the Institute of Fiscal studies projects that – as a result of welfare cuts – by 2020/21 childhood poverty in the UK will be at the highest level since records began in 1961. I am ashamed and furious that we can be allowing  this to happen. Surely the most basic and essential test of a developing civilised society is that we see an ongoing reduction in the number of kids who’s start in life is blighted by poverty? That we are seeing such a reversal in what has been  slow but steady downward trend I find frankly horrifying. For me the highlight in recent public events was the extraordinary general election. If there needed to be a single good reason to bring about an urgent and  fundamental change in government, surely, surely this has to be it?

When I started this blog I mentioned that I had just found out that my daughter was pregnant and expecting twins. Their due date is now getting near. Over the past month I have stopped taking on new doula clients for 2017 to make sure that I have enough space for my own family – one of the great advantages of my new life style is that I have the freedom to do this. I am going to continue  slowly developing my massage business but  there are only so many blogs I can write about the wonders of social media and other forms of promotion (I have many friends and family members much better placed to do this!). So I have decided take a short sabbatical from my blogging career . I will start again in the  new year.