More skills please, less housework

It’s 10am and I’m trying to mend my new dress I bought. I’ve been trying to mend all week to bring in the top and bodice because it’s too big for me. The alteration I had planned was designed with a friend’s help but it’s just not working. It’s hard to explain. I’ve been persisting all week with it amongst taking breaks to mend other … Continue reading More skills please, less housework

Becoming a mother; learning to nurture a baby

My husband Tim and I welcomed a healthy baby boy to the world at the end of May in Broken Hill in far west New South Wales. We named him Bryan James Andrew Waite after my husband’s grandfather. We arrived in Broken Hill when I was 30 weeks pregnant and within a week of arriving the first shutdown restrictions began because of COVID-19. Antenatal classes … Continue reading Becoming a mother; learning to nurture a baby

Supporting pregnant women and their partners is an essential service

It’s 2am and I can’t sleep. I’ve been awake for the last two hours feeling anxious about my pregnancy. I’m 35 weeks as of today, 18 April 2020. We arrived in Broken Hill five weeks ago – on the 12 March – and it was the 13 March that Prime Minister Scott Morrison began announcing social distancing laws. First it was banning gatherings of 500 … Continue reading Supporting pregnant women and their partners is an essential service