Her name was April.

She had blonde hair.

She was firm but gentle, calm and quiet. She had warm hands.

As she felt my heaving belly she told me she believed that it hurt. I felt relieved that, unlike the other woman, this one didn’t think I was exaggerating the pain.

She found me a bed.

She didn’t laugh when I announced “I love April” as the gas and air took hold. She smiled and patted my hand.

Four hours later my baby was born.

Her name was April and I’ll never forget her.



This is my 100 words for @helloitsgemma and @michelletwinmum, for Save The Children’s No Child Born To Die campaign.

8 million children die every year from basic illnesses. Half of these children are in Africa, yet Africa only has 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives. Save The Children wants to tackle the shortfall of healthworkers in the poorest parts of the world.

You can do your bit too.

1) Sign the petition.

2) Write 100 words about a health worker you’ve encountered in your life and link up to Michelle Twin Mum. Add a link to the petition and either link or add in some information from Save The Children about the #Healthworkerscampaign

3) Link to a number of other bloggers and ask them to do the same.

4) Tweet about it, mention it on Facebook. Tell your friends and your neighbours and your family. Spread the word. Because no child is born to die.


I tag:

The Monster In Your Closet

Circus Queen





Filed under Baby stuff, Breastfeeding, Pregnancy

13 responses to “April

  1. Beautiful, so much more eloquent than my ramble! xx

  2. Love the way you wrote that x

  3. This is a lovely post, beautifully written. April sounds lovely x

  4. I love this post and I told my midwife I love her too! X

  5. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the campaign and helping me to shout loudly. I was useless on gas and air like a mad drunk lady!

  6. Thanks for tagging me! I wrote about the doctor who delivered me and who, incidentally is my grandfather: http://circusqueen.co.uk/2011/09/the-water-doctor/

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