Hi everyone, Iona and Bonny here kick starting our brand new blog. We are really excited to be joining the ever-growing world of bloggers and hope you’ll join us on this journey as we explore everything and anything to do with pregnancy, birth and parenthood – the good, the bad and the top tips that will get you through!

But let’s take a step back and properly introduce ourselves! We are two (of three) sisters. Our Dad’s job meant we spent much of our childhood travelling from house to house and, country to country but we have both ended up in Bristol. Last year, after much discussion, we decided to set up a business together – New Life Classes. We have very different career backgrounds but we believe these differences will help get us off to a good start. Bonny has been a midwife for 12 years, mainly working on a busy labour ward in Bristol (she also has three girls, twins through fertility treatment and a lovely surprise two years later!), whilst Iona has been living in London and managing a wide variety of events both internationally and throughout the UK.

Anyway, back to our blog – but where to start? We have so much we want to talk about with you!

There’s all the fun stuff and crazy experiences to do with pregnancy and birth (yep, even birth!) The blur of early parenting fuelled by coffee, cake and coffee – did I mention coffee?

Then there are the controversial topics that get emotions running in all directions, friends falling out and generally everyone feeling a little het up – we want to establish a ‘safe place’ where we can discuss these issues in a non-judgemental environment, looking at the evidence, different views and how we might pull together despite our differences.

We’ve read so many amazing blogs that we would like to feature and respond to, and now we have the platform to do it. If you have a firm favourite that you’d like us to read, do let us know as we love learning from other people’s experiences – no two are the same but all offer lessons we can learn from.

Then of course there are the news articles to discuss, those worth taking note of and those fabricated tales that continue to spread unfounded ‘facts’ and should be avoided at all costs.

In everything we do we want to empower parents to make informed decisions on the best, evidence-based information available – but decisions that suit them, their lives and their children. And we want them to make these decisions without feeling judged, or that they are doing something wrong or in some way failing as a parent. Parenting is hard, let’s not make it harder than it needs to be!

We welcome feedback and discussion but let’s keep it friendly, even if our opinions differ. Either use the comments box, or, if you would prefer to get in touch with us directly feel free to email us at [email protected].

We look forward to embarking on this journey, and hope you will join us!