author Emilie Leeks,

Our youngest (2 1/2 years at the time of writing), is generally quite a cheerful, easy-going little boy, but he has never really liked having his teeth brushed - some days are easier than others, and if he is distracted you can sometimes get in and do it without him really noticing. But we really wanted to tackle the root of the problem - even though we didn't have a clue what that was!

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author Emilie Leeks,

I didn't understand that everything I felt around that time was ok. I held to the prevailing beliefs of stiff upper lip, nobody died, what's all the fuss about. We didn't know that everything we were feeling was not only normal, but acceptable. That it was ok to feel like we weren't coping. Now I know so much better, and if there's one thing I hope someone might take from this story, it is that whatever birth you have, whatever the outcome, you deserve to be allowed to feel whatever it is that you need to.

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author Emilie Leeks,

This is still very raw, but I don't know any other way to share it. We are so quiet, so secretive in our culture about miscarriage - in fact about any hurt we are carrying. Grief is real and necessary and allowed. So here it is - this...

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author Emilie Leeks,

I am working on writing out the story of our first child's birth currently (having written our youngest's a while back), and then realised that although I knew I'd written the birth story of our middle child (AKA 'Penguin') somewhere...

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author Emilie Leeks,

We all have challenging moments in our parenting, and how we react to these can almost always be traced back to some stored hurt feelings from earlier in our lives. We had a very difficult birth with our first child, followed by him...

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