It’s been a week since Susanne and I launched Maternity Matters and I don’t think we could have asked for a better response than the one we’ve had. We’re overwhelmed with the comments, tweets and messages that we’ve had from the wonderful community of bloggers, parents and Twitter friends that have been a part of all of this, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to all of you. We couldn’t have started without you, and we hope that you’ll continue to support and contribute to Maternity Matters. We really feel as though we’ve started something important and special.

Launch day was a day of news, on Saturday we read about how Susanne cannot watch One Born Every Minute, and we want to follow that up by planning a 4OD viewing of an episode, alongside a Twitter party for anyone who’d like to join in, in the hope that we can support and encourage each other to face our fears. She also wrote about how Motherhood has changed her, whilst I talked about my scars, both physical and emotional. I published my birth story for the first time ever, and was truly moved by what you all had to say. We also introduced The Birth Trauma Association, an organisation that help to spark the idea for this site, and for who we hope to do some fundraising in the future.

Over the course of the week, we’ve heard the amazing Mummy Beadzoid tell us her extremely emotional and traumatic story about the premature birth of her child, read about the effects that birth can have on Fathers, learned about effective methods of holistic therapy in the form of EFT, and about the incredible efforts of George and Tim Sexton, the brothers who are planning to cycle 1700km across Europe to raise money for SANDS, as well as all of the other maternity news.

We hope that week two is as successful as the first, we hope you continue to read and find Maternity Matters informative, but most of all we hope we can help you, in ways that we ourselves were not.

If you’d like to contribute to Maternity Matters, please email Susanne@maternitymatters.net. For any technical questions about advertising, badges or hosting a Maternity Matters linky on your own blog, please email Jayne@maternitymatters.net

Thanks again, and take care.