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A month in retrospect

It has been one month today since I officially became an active blogger. Yay!!! I thought I’d review the month’s activities and also ask you, my readers, some questions.

I have really enjoyed being excited and passionate about a project again. Although I absolutely love being a stay at home mum and wouldn’t trade my place with anyone, I sometimes feel that my brain is turning to mush. This blog has helped me re-engage back into this field I am so involved in and amazed by – pregnancy, birth and parenting. Yes, I know, you’re thinking – “but you write about the topic that you say is turning your brain to mush” – but it’s the research behind the posts and the actual writing itself that is challenging my grey matter once again.

I am reading A LOT. I read articles in blogs, newspapers and published journals, as well as searching widely on the internet. Sometimes it’s really difficult to fit everything in, reading, writing, looking after two kidlets. I have tried really hard to write almost every day, even though I first said I’d try and write 2-3 times a week. I don’t know if this is sustainable. I can forsee a little slowing down in the near future but I’ll still try and do a few posts a week a least.

Here are some of my stats Рpretty exciting I think. During the last month my site has had 936 visits by 439 visitors (Thanks to the people who keep coming back!). Sunday 20th March had the most visits so far at 59. Wednesday 23rd had the least at 1 visit. My two personal birthing stories have been the two most popular posts. About 56%  of people that get to my site are from referring sites (eg. facebook), about 38% from direct traffic (typing into browser www.midwifemum.com), and 5% from search engines. 41% of visitors have visited my site just once, but one faithful reader has visited between 51-100 times (Thank you whoever you are!). The average time spent on my site is 2 minutes 42 seconds.

Now lastly I just wanted to ask you all some questions. What has been your favourite blog post? What has been the most helpful post? What sort of things would you like me to write about in the future (thanks to the people who’ve already given me ideas)? Do you read any other blogs within the midwifery/birth/parenting area? If so, what are they called?

So, thanks for reading and I hope to continue to write helpful, fun and informative blog posts for your perusal!

This is me 36 weeks pregnant with Arlo, Christmas 2010

Launch of Midwife Mum


Just me

My name is Naomi Helm. I am a registered midwife and mum of two beautiful boys. I’ve been brainstorming for a while now, on how I could use my midwifery and mothering skills to help others. Just recently I discovered the world of blogging (late bloomer, I know), and thought what better way to start than creating a blog?

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The aim of this blog is to explore the huge variety of topics within the spheres of midwifery and parenthood, whilst hopefully sharing some helpful information, stories and tips with parents and healthcare consumers alike. My goal is to include a balance of posts on midwifery and parenthood, such as journal article reviews, birth stories, baby product reviews and recommendations, interviews with midwives and parents, and many interesting discussions on various relevant topics within these fields. I am hoping to eventually be publishing new posts 2-3 times a week or maybe more, though this of course will depend on the busyness of my life being a mum of two and running a household.

ABOUT ME

I live in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Australia. I live with my husband of 7 years, and my two sons, aged 22 months and 7 weeks old. This means that my blog will grow and change as my boys do. Currently, the most likely topics I will explore will centre around babies and toddlers. As my children grow, and so too my parental experience, I hope my blog will evolve to include a broader variety of parenting issues.

I graduated from my bachelor of nursing degree at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2005. I continued on at UTS to study for my graduate diploma of midwifery in 2006, of which I graduated in early 2007. I have been working as a registered midwife at a local public hospital since that time. My midwifery focus is on natural birthing by well healthy women. I hope to include discussions and research by a variety of sources within the worlds of midwifery and obstetrics, with a view to empower women and their families to make educated decisions for the health and wellbeing of themselves, their babies and their families.

I hope you enjoy my blog and can learn from it and expand your views on these amazing subjects that I am so passionate about.

My beautiful family (taken at 34 weeks pregnant)

The one that was internal on the family photo