Why women deserve better maternity pay


There wasn’t a moment during my daughter’s first few months when I thought, “I should really be at work.” Because I WAS working. Taking care of a newborn, especially as a first-time parent, is the most challenging work there is. I treated it like my job – and I got paid for it like a job. […]

April 7, 2017

The myth of the myth of the painful birth


You may have seen the article, ‘The myth of the painful birth – and why it’s not nearly so bad as women believe,’ doing the rounds on social media recently. As someone who has given birth – drug-free, because I’m an idiot – I can report that this article is total bollocks for a number […]

March 20, 2017

Why I didn’t do a Beyoncé-style pregnancy announcement


So everyone has been going nuts over Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement photo. You know, the one where she’s kneeling amongst a bunch of flowers while wearing silky pants with a piece of green tulle draped over her head. As you do. She looks great, of course. Totally weird, but great. She’s Beyoncé – of course she looks […]

February 4, 2017

Parenting: the art of forgetting selectively


Why do baby clothes have to be so stupidly adorable? I pondered this as I started to go through the first of six bin bags of clothes the Popple had outgrown. The little animals on the bums of little onesies. The teeny tiny hats. The doll-like dresses. They were too stinkin’ cute and it wasn’t fair, […]

October 19, 2016

Want to hold your newborn? That’ll be $40.


Imagine this scenario: You’ve just had a baby via c-section. The nurse places your baby on your chest for some skin-to-skin. You gaze into your newborn’s eyes, amazed that you finally get to meet this person who you’ve been growing inside you for the past nine months. “Errr, that’ll be $39.35,” the nurse says. “I’m […]

October 9, 2016