Today's post is just a quick one in celebration of my article appearing in the Autumn issue of Juno magazine. To be published in a national magazine is amazing, but to be published in my favourite magazine is a dream come true. I wrote the article back in May and originally intended to post it to my blog. It was almost Bobby's first birthday and I was reflecting on what his birth had been like. I had come to the conclusion that communication between the mother and those around her was vital for a calm and happy pregnancy, birth and post-natal period. I had learnt a lot from my own birth and wanted to share what I had learnt with others.
However, as my blog was only a couple of months old at the time, I didn't feel that what I wanted to say would reach enough people. I felt that I wanted to help as many people as possible and felt that it would be a better option to have the article published through a wider source - such as a magazine. I felt that the article would suit Juno's style and e-mailed them about it, plus another article idea that I had at the time. I sent the email a matter of minutes after I had submitted my final draft of my degree dissertation, so was feeling very tired and was certainly not expecting to hear anything back. An email came back to me not long after - they were interested in the article! I sent it, they liked it and the rest is history.
So now, a few months later, there is my mug shot on page 65 of Juno - offering advice on effective communication before, during and after birth, plus the benefits of each. It was a very happy day for me seeing the article print and I hope that it will help others through this sometimes difficult time. I hope that it won't be my last adventure in published writing.
You can find my article in issue 45 of Juno - you can find out more about the magazine here.