This weekend Elsie and I went down to London for the Brit Mums Brilliance in Blogging awards. We were finalists in the INSPIRE category. We didn’t win. But this isn’t really a post about that. Well done to the lovely Hayley at Downs Side Up. She did win! And all of the other winners and finalists- what an achievement and how wonderful it was to be part of the evening.


This is a post about the word, inspire.

Almost five years ago I sat down and wrote my first post on this blog. Words that had been hiding inside me spilled onto the page. A few months later I found myself a finalist in the MAD blog awards, 2011. The category? Inspire.

I don’t know that I do inspire. I write honestly about the things that I have experienced. I hope that my writing is a little like reaching out to hold your hand sometimes. A little like showing you my shoulder and letting you cry there. A little like I am walking down the same path as you, or at least clearing the way for you to make your journey. 

This is what inspires me.




And without these people I would not be me. At all. And this blog would not be.

And though I didn’t win, I know that I have achieved something with this blog. I have opened up dialogue for women who have suffered birth trauma. I have brought attention to IUGR, and hopefully provided reassurance, education and insight into a less than straight forward pregnancy. I have been able to tell the world that maternity matters matter. And we matter. And that birth is NOT just one day. I am hoping that I can do more, so much more with Mat Exp too. All from this little blog.

I have also won in other ways. Friendships. Experiences. Confidence. Work. It has all come from this blog.

I am inspired by the many women who message me or comment here and tell me about their experiences. I am inspired by the smiles on the faces of my babies, as they snuggle into me at night and I breathe in their scent. I am inspired by the fact that I cannot change the past, but I can change what happens next. We all can.

And so because this blog started with how my son was pulled from my sleeping body by a stranger’s hands… because his little body was calling for mine and I could not hear him… because he is here and his sisters are too… because of these people I am here too.

We made it to the finals of the MAD blog awards~

I didn’t win a Bibs this weekend but I could still win a lovely shiny MAD blog award! I’m up for best pregnancy blog and you can vote for me here. 


  1. June 22, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Well done on getting to the Finals of the BIBs, you thoroughly deserved it and I always learn something from your posts. Sorry about all the baby seat hassle you’ve had, the last thing you deserved on a brilliant weekend xx (I think I’m
    On the verge of buying a Doona! :))
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  2. June 22, 2015 / 11:26 am

    You absolutely do inspire. Me and many others and you would have been a worthy winner in my opinion. Lovely to catch up this weekend, just a shame we didn’t have a bit more time! Hope to see you soon xx
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  3. June 22, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    you inspire me so much and I think you are pretty amazing xxx

    • ghostwritermummy
      June 23, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      ah thanks lovely. Back at you! x x

  4. June 22, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    I am sorry I didn’t get to meet you at Britmums, but you are a very inspiring blogger and you have such a positive impact on your readers and others.

    With out sounding patronising, really do keep up the good work!
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    • ghostwritermummy
      June 23, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much. Sorry I missed you too! x x

  5. June 23, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I’m so sorry that I didn’t manage to meet you at BritMums Live and that I had to rush off after the keynote speeches. Reading my post took more out of me emotionally than I thought it would and afterwards I just really needed to get home and be with my boys.

    I wish you all the best for the MAD awards and I do hope that you walk away with an award because you really do deserve it. I’m sad that I won’t be there to cheer you on but there’s always next year so fingers crossed.

    Much Love
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    • ghostwritermummy
      June 23, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Oh I am so sad I missed you too. I also missed the keynotes as I had to get home. It was a great weekend, but so long wasn’t it? Well done for getting up there and reading x x x

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